May 01, 2019
NCEA rates slip as schools refocus
The percentage of Year 11 students gaining NCEA level one has fallen to its lowest level in five years because some schools are focusing on level two of the qualification, the Education Ministry says.
The percentage of Māori and Pasifika year 11 students gaining level 1 NCEA fell about 5 percent last year in what Education Ministry officials says is a trend by schools to skip the voluntary standard so they can concentrate on getting their tauira through level 2.
The overall year 11 achievement rate fell three percentage points to 71.8 percent last year compared to 2017.
Some 68.1 percent of year 12 Māori students achieved level 2 NCEA, compared with 81.2 percent of Pakeha students.
Pass rates for NCEA level 2 and University Entrance examinations increased slightly.
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