Public Achievement Information (PAI)

PAI is information about our students, schools and education system that is widely available.

This includes information about how our education system is progressing at national, regional and local levels against measures like:

  • participation in Early Childhood Education (ECE),
  • information about our children’s achievement
  • progress via National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori,
  • how many students are gaining key NCEA qualifications by the time they leave school or turn 18.

PAI supports parents, families, whānau, iwi and local communities to get involved with their students’ progress and achievements. It also helps pin point areas that may need more support to make sure students progress and achieve.

Highlights: Public Achievement Information (PAI) 2016 

  • 83.3 percent, or 51,299, of students aged 18 achieved NCEA Level 2 in 2015. That’s up by 3,120 students since 2011.
  • Between 2011 and 2015, the number of 18 year-olds with NCEA Level 2 rose in all regions by between 7.7 and 11 percentage points. NCEA level 2 achievement in Auckland increased by 1258 students over this period Other regions showed good growth in NCEA Level 2 achievement as well, including Canterbury, by 482 students, and Waikato, by 467 students.
  • Participation in early learning (ECE) has risen to record levels. 96.6 percent of children participated in ECE before starting school in the year to March 2016. This is 4812 more children than in 2011.
  • In 2015, 89% of primary schools used PAI data to give more assistance to children in National Standards. This is up from 30% in 2012. In 2015, 12,800 to 18,400 more children achieved ‘at’ or ‘above’ the National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics than in 2012.
  • PAI data was used, last year, in 271 secondary schools to identify students needing extra support to achieve NCEA Level 2. Around 7400 young people have achieved NCEA Level 2 from this extra help since 2011.
  • Student stand-downs, suspensions and exclusions are at their lowest levels since records began 16 years ago. Since 2008 the number of suspensions in state and state-integrated schools has fallen by 40.1 percent to 2,618.  Over the same time stand-downs have dropped by 30 percent to 14,198, while exclusions have fallen by 35 percent to 883.

Go to Education Counts for more PAI information 

Go to the IWI education profiles on Education Counts

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