Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows even more New Zealand children are starting earlier, staying longer, and leaving better qualified.
The Public Achievement Information provides regular snapshots of how our education system is doing, from early learning, through to leaving school, and helps us see where children are not doing as well, and where we need to invest more time, or resources, or funding.
More than 400,000 primary school kids had their progress assessed in reading, writing, and maths last year, and around three quarters were at or above National Standards.
We are also seeing real progress towards our Better Public Services targets.
Our target is to have 98 per cent of school entrants having previously participated in ECE by the end of 2016. Participation is now at 95.9 per cent, representing an extra 3,839 kids since mid-2011.
For our young adults we have two targets, one is to increase the proportion of 18-year-olds with NCEA level 2 or equivalent qualification to 85 per cent by 2017.
Since 2011, the number of 18-year-olds achieving this has gone up from 74.3 per cent, to 78.6 per cent in 2013.
Our final target is for 55 per cent of the population aged 25 to 34 years having a Level 4 or higher qualification by 2017. In the year to March 2014 we achieved 54.5 per cent, putting us well within reach of our target.
National is working hard to ensure every child gets a good education. We believe this is one of the most important things we can do to raise living standards, and build a more competitive and productive economy.