What the stats say

Ten key things the ta­bles tell us.

Metro Magazine NZ - - Schools -

1. Only four schools — St Cuth­bert's Col­lege, Dioce­san School for Girls, St Peter's Col­lege and King's Col­lege — achieved over 90 per cent Univer­sity En­trance pass rates in 2016, down from nine schools in 2013.

2. State-in­te­grated schools (for­mer pri­vate schools which have in­te­grated into the state ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem) achieved bet­ter pass rates for UE and NCEA level 3 than state-funded schools.

3. Schools with smaller rolls scored higher in NCEA level 3 achieve­ment than those with 1000-plus stu­dents (78.2 per cent ver­sus 72.8 per cent).

4. McAu­ley High, the Catholic girls school in Otahuhu, con­tin­ues to punch above its weight for decile 1 schools, with a UE pass rate of 65 per cent, well above the av­er­age of 55.4 per cent. McAu­ley also has the fourth­high­est NCEA level 3 pass rate (a rank­ing it shares with St Peter’s Col­lege, Sa­cred Heart Col­lege and Sancta Maria Col­lege). McAu­ley is the only decile 1 school in the top 45 schools for NCEA level 3 pass rates.

5. Of the top 15 schools, all of which achieved an NCEA level 3 pass rate of over 90 per cent, six are girls schools, five are co-ed and four are boys schools.

6. Sin­gle-gen­der schools achieve both higher NCEA level 3 (83.1 per cent) and UE pass rates (65.9 per cent) than co-ed schools.

7. Pri­vate schools out­per­form both state and in­te­grated schools for NCEA level 3 and UE pass rates, while in­te­grated schools out­per­form state schools by a sig­nif­i­cant mar­gin when com­par­ing av­er­age NCEA level 3 and UE pass rates.

8. West­lake Girls’ High School is the only state school to make the top 15 in NCEA level 3 pass rates.

9. The av­er­age NCEA level 3 pass rate for schools that also of­fered al­ter­na­tive exam sys­tems was 84.4 per cent, well above the av­er­age of 75.7 per cent.

10. Of high-decile schools (deciles 7 and above) with state fund­ing, St Peter’s Col­lege was the only one to achieve above 90 per cent in both NCEA level 3 and UE pass rates in 2016.

Aca­demic re­sults do not in­di­cate the qual­ity of a school and should not be used as the sole ba­sis for choos­ing one.

Our data anal­y­sis was done by AUT’s Me­dia+Ex­pe­ri­ence Lab (MaX Lab), an in­ter­na­tional, in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary and crossin­sti­tu­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion in­volv­ing re­searchers and de­sign­ers from NZ, China and the US. MaX Lab aims to fos­ter eco­nomic growth through user ex­pe­ri­ence de­sign in­no­va­tions. It fo­cuses on smart learn­ing, in­for­ma­tion, prod­uct, ser­vice and sys­tem de­sign plus big data anal­y­sis and graph­i­cal vi­su­al­i­sa­tion.

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