Nelson reaches NCEA milestone


More 18-year-olds than ever in the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast education region have achieved NCEA Level 2 or above.

Latest Ministry figures show the rate rose by 11 percentage points between 2011 and 2015, to 85.3 percent.

Regional Director of Education Erika Ross says “For the first time, we have exceeded the Government’s target that, by 2017, 85 percent of 18-year-olds will have NCEA Level 2. This means 1825 young people in this age group gained the qualification last year.”

“These are really pleasing results and show the value of more in-depth support to schools. This has been provided by specialists such as our Secondary Tertiary Lead and Student Achievement Practitioner, alongside programmes such as Positive Behaviour for Learning and trades academies.”

Erika Ross says, “The data also reflects the efforts of our younger students. It is also good to see ongoing improvement in National Standards for writing and mathematics over the past four years.”

The NCEA and National Standards data comes from the Ministry of Education’s 2015 Public Achievement Information (PAI) released today.