NCEA lift pleases Col­lege prin­ci­pal

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news - By LAURA MCLEAY

Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents stepped up their game last year and gained a higher pass rate for their NCEA ( Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tional Achieve­ment) re­sults than in 2010.

Exam re­sults were posted on­line for stu­dents to view in mid-jan­uary and mailed out soon af­ter. The fi­nal anal­y­sis re­port of the re­sults will be re­leased in mid-fe­bru­ary and from that each school can com­pare it­self with other schools of the same decile to see how it ranks against na­tional stan­dards.

Mata­mata Col­lege prin­ci­pal Glenn Rowsell said he was look­ing for­ward to see­ing the re­port but in the mean­time had an­a­lysed the re­sults him­self to get a fair idea of how stu­dents did.

He found that Level One stu­dents had a pass rate of about 74 per cent, which is up from the 63 per cent pass rate in 2010. Level Two is up 2 per cent, now sit­ting at about 93 per cent pass rate but Level Three is down from 83 per cent to about 69 per cent.

‘‘Over­all I am pleased with how the stu­dents went and es­pe­cially with Level One be­cause that was what we had been fo­cus­ing on all year,’’ he said.

In 2011, 5 per cent of the Level One stu­dents passed with ex­cel­lence which is up from 1.7 per cent in 2010, and the num­ber re­ceiv­ing mer­its was up 6 per cent.

Mr Rowsell be­lieves the higher pass rate came down to the ex­tra re­sources and time the school put into work­ing with the stu­dents.

‘‘ Last year we en­sured we had fo­cused teach­ing, check­points through­out the year, a men­tor­ing sys­tem among the Maori stu­dents (whose pass rate was up 20 per cent for Level One) and we ran catch-ups and tu­to­ri­als to­wards the end of the year for any stu­dents who wanted ex­tra help,’’ he said.

This year the school had de­cided to fo­cus on the year 10 stu­dents as that was where the process started and if good work habits were formed, they would go into year 11 feel­ing con­fi­dent and could eas­ily cope with the work­load, Mr Rowsell said.

‘‘We are find­ing that if you can get the kids through Level One, they do re­ally well at Level Two,’’ he said.

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