From January 2023 the Ministry of Education is removing the school decile system as a means of distributing funding. Equity funding will instead be based on the Equity Index. The Equity Index(external link) estimates the extent to which young people face socio-economic barriers to achieving in education.
The table below details advice provided and documents that relate to this work.
The Equity Index has been under development for several years. Over that time, multiple changes have been made to its methodology, and possible approaches to using the Index to allocate resourcing. As a result, much of the analysis in the following papers is, while accurate at the time of writing, not necessarily reflective of the Equity Index and funding approach used at the time of implementation in 2022. For further information on the Equity Index and how it is being used, please visit https://www.education.govt.nz/our-work/changes-in-education/equity-index/
Some related work had previously been undertaken as part of the Education Funding System Review. That review has now ended as a standalone project. Information on ongoing related work is available here: Education Funding System Review
Earlier papers related to the Education Funding System Review are available at the following two links: