NCEA Level 2 – opening doors for students

The percentage of 18 year olds with NCEA Level 2 is now at a record high.

Entering the workforce is an exciting but daunting step for young people, so it is important to equip them with the right tools to succeed in their chosen career. 

NCEA Level 2, or an equivalent, is the minimum qualification that students need for moving on to further education, training and employment. This in turn increases their chances at a better quality of life, and their health outcomes.

This is why the Government, in 2012, made increasing the number of young people with NCEA Level 2 an official Better Public Service (BPS) target .

The percentage of 18 year olds with this level of qualification is now at a record high, and it is no longer the focus of an official BPS target. However, the impact NCEA Level 2 has on a young person’s life means it is still just as important for teachers, principals, boards, tertiary providers, parents, whānau, iwi and government to build on recent improvements. 

Parents can talk to their children’s teachers, even early on in their education, to find out how they are doing and what’s needed to support their progress. Families and whānau still have access to their school’s National Standards and NCEA results through the Education Counts website.

Other tools were recently developed so teachers and school leaders can better monitor students’ progress and achievement as they move towards NCEA Level 2. This means they can give parents good information about how their children are doing.


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