The Politics of where Education is in an aspirational hole.

I have been working through a major data project on the state of education in New Zealand and a lot of information is emerging.

The hope is that someone (e.g. the Ministry – who have said that one of their people might be able to meet with me on October 6th – such is their interest in the outcomes on NZ students) might use it to accurately improve things.

As a point of political interest; here is the political oversight of the work electorates for ambition in our country based on the University Entrance achievements.

ElectorateMember of Parliament2020 UE % for School Leavers
Taranaki-King CountryBarbara Kuriger (Nat) 19
ManurewaArena Williams (Lab) 20
Christchurch EastPoto Williams (Lab) 24
MangereHon Apito Willian Sio (Lab) 24
NorthlandWillow Jean-Prime (Lab) 25
East CoastKiri Allen (Lab) 28
West Coast TasmanDamien O’Connor (Lab) 28
Hamilton WestDr Gaurav Sharma (Lab) 29
PapakuraHon Judith Collins (Nat) 29
Contrast: No.1 EpsomDavid Seymour (ACT) 84



The data set is in spreadsheet form and includes sheets on 

– high-school size – largest to smallest

– number of 2020 leavers – largest to smallest.

– Level 3 NCEA and above percentage for school leavers for each school 2018-20 (ranked highest to lowest for 2020).

– UE percentage for school leavers for each school 2018-20 (ranked highest to lowest for 2020).

– Each school’s UE percentage for leavers for 2020 compared to decile mean and ranked highest to lowest across all schools.

– Level 3 NCEA and above gap to UE for leavers 2018-20 and ranked smallest to largest for 2020.

– Retention percentage until 17 years of age for each school and ranked highest to lowest.

– Percentage for each school of their leavers going onto L7+ Degree study – ranked highest to lowest.

– The anonymised data mean for full attendance across deciles 2018-20.

– UE percentage by school governance and school type.

It should be of interest to every school, politician, parent and anyone interested in improving NZ’s education system and future society.

Inquires to: alwyn.poole@gmail.com

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