Educational attainment levels for people in the Waikato region have been steadily rising.
This indicator is the percentage of school leavers with NCEA level 2 or above, from Ministry of Education records.
Upper secondary school qualifications, currently NCEA level 2, serve as the foundation for higher (post-secondary) learning and training opportunities as well as the preparation for direct entry into the labour market. Those that leave education early with few qualifications are at much greater risk of unemployment or vulnerability in the labour force, and are more likely to have lower incomes, and fewer employment opportunities than those with higher qualifications.
|Year||Percentage of school leavers with NCEA Level 2 or above|
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DATA SOURCE AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Data are updated annually on the Ministry of Education's Education Counts website (school leavers with NCEA level 2 or above(external link)). Data are available in an Interactive Pivot Table.
Update details: Updated online in July each year. Data for each year may be retrospectively updated to account for prior school leavers returning to get qualifications; data quality improvements; and changes to data methodology and definitions.
Customised data request requirements: Nil
DATA AVAILABILITY – OTHER THAN WAIKATO REGION:
Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: Yes
Other regions: Yes
New Zealand: Yes
Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Comparable survey data on learning trends in young people are available including the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA(external link)) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS(external link)). Data on the academic attainment level of the adult population are less comparable between countries.