Coast makes biggest gains in NCEA

By Laura Mills

West Coast schools have shown the biggest improvement in level two of NCEA in all of New Zealand.
The Government yesterday released national education data, broken into regions, for the first time.
Coast schools showed the biggest improvement in NCEA level two, an increase of 29.3%.
In 2009, 73.8% of school leavers on the Coast attained level one. This has risen steadily, to 85.1% last year. At level two, it has gone from 54.3% in 2009, to 70.2%.
University Entrance has also increased, from 25.3% to 32.3%.
Greymouth High School acting principal Andy England said they were pleased with the lift in student performance.
“It’s due to the hard work and professionalism of staff in all education sectors on the West Coast, plus I believe an increasing sense of ambition and control of learning felt by our students.”
Mr England said it was a community issue, too, “as we need to realise the value of education and tackle some of our social barriers”.
“Overall, though, we’re improving our achievement rates at NCEA level two faster than any other region in New Zealand and we should be proud of that.”
The national target for NCEA level two is 85%, but no region achieved this.
The figures also show that 94.9% of West Coast children are in some form of early childhood education, against a target of 98%.