2015 Achievement Information

Where teaching and learning are guided and directed by the New Zealand Curriculum, schools monitor and report on year 1 to 8 students’ progress and achievement using National Standards.
 

National Standard Achievement Results Download:

Key Findings

  • Overall the 2015 national standards data shows small positive gains in the proportion of students 'At' or 'Above' standard.
  • Achievement is strongest against the reading standard followed by mathematics and then writing.
  • Since 2013, Pasifika had the greatest overall increase in achievement compared to other ethnic groups and All students in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.
  • In 2015 girls are more likely to be 'At' or 'Above' standard than boys for Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.
Figure 1: Proportion of students achieving 'At' or 'Above' the National Standards by subject 2011-2015

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Table 1: Proportion of students achieving at or above the National Standard by ethnicity and gender in 2013-2015
Student Type Reading Maths Writing
2013 2014 2015 2013 2014 2015 2013 2014 2015
Māori 68.7% 68.6% 68.8% 64.6% 65.0% 65.4% 60.8% 61.2% 61.6%
Pasifika 64.3% 65.0% 66.0% 60.9% 61.9% 63.3% 57.6% 59.7% 60.6%
Asian 79.0% 79.1% 79.0% 83.2% 83.3% 83.4% 74.5% 75.1% 74.8%
European/Pākehā 84.0% 84.3% 84.3% 79.8% 80.5% 80.7% 76.3% 76.8% 77.3%
Female 82.3% 82.4% 82.4% 75.3% 75.8% 76.2% 78.5% 79.2% 79.4%
Male 73.6% 73.8% 73.9% 73.9% 74.5% 74.8% 63.0% 63.4% 63.9%
Total 77.9% 78.0% 78.0% 74.6% 75.2% 75.5% 70.5% 71.1% 71.4%

Ethnic Group

  • This is the third year that schools have provided achievement information for Asian and European students.
  • All ethnic groups are most likely to be 'At' or 'Above' standard for  Reading, followed by mathematics and finally writing, with the exception of Asian students who are more likely to be 'At' or 'Above' standard in mathematics.
  • Compared to the 2014 results, Pasifika reported the greatest increase in the proportion of students 'At' or 'Above' the standard for reading, writing, and mathematics
  • Since 2014, the gap in achievement between 'Māori' and 'All students' has decreased very slightly across all subjects, averaging at 10 percentage point difference.
Figure 2: Proportion of students achieving 'At' or 'Above' the National Standards by ethnic group and subject (2015)

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Gender

  • Reported achievement of female students is higher than male students across all three standards.
  • The greatest gender difference in achievement is in writing, the least in mathematics.
Figure 3: Proportion of students achieving 'At' or 'Above' the Reading National Standards by gender (2011-2015)

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Figure 4: Proportion of students achieving 'At' or 'Above' the Mathematics National Standards by gender (2011-2015)

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Figure 5: Proportion of students achieving 'At' or 'Above' the Writing National Standards by gender (2011-2015)

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Year Level

  • This is the third year that National Standards data has been reported by year level. Different year levels are assessed using different tests and may not be directly comparable.
  • Since 2013 there has been a decline in the proportion of students achieving at or above standard after their first and seconds years in schooling across all national standards.
  • Since 2014 students in Year 7 saw the greatest increase in the proportion of students achieving at or above for reading, Year 8 saw the greatest increase in Mathematics and Year 7 saw the greatest increase Writing.
Table 2: Percentage of students achieving 'At' or 'Above' the National Standard by year level (2013-2015)
Student Type Reading Maths Writing
2013 2014 2015 2013 2014 2015 2013 2014 2015
After 1 Year 65.0% 64.5% 63.6% 84.6% 84.7% 84.5% 76.3% 75.3% 74.8%
After 2 Years 79.9% 79.0% 78.1% 78.7% 79.0% 78.7% 75.2% 75.1% 74.2%
After 3 Years 82.4% 82.3% 81.6% 73.9% 74.0% 74.2% 71.5% 71.7% 71.7%
End of Year 4 82.9% 83.1% 83.1% 76.7% 76.9% 77.3% 72.4% 73.1% 73.1%
End of Year 5 80.5% 80.8% 81.2% 72.0% 73.2% 73.7% 68.2% 68.7% 69.8%
End of Year 6 82.1% 83.1% 83.6% 75.4% 76.1% 76.2% 70.6% 71.8% 72.6%
End of Year 7 74.1% 74.7% 75.5% 65.6% 66.7% 67.5% 62.8% 64.4% 65.6%
End of Year 8 77.3% 77.6% 78.3% 68.9% 69.3% 70.2% 67.0% 68.1% 69.2%