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To graduation and beyond: secondary school performance and tertiary education outcomes

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Using data on more than 500,000 students in Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), this report shows how nearly 500 secondary schools are preparing students for further tertiary education. Specifically, it examines whether students are progressing into tertiary education and completing a tertiary qualification after enrolling.

Key findings:

  • A greater proportion of high-performing schools were found in deciles 9 and 10 when schools were evaluated on the progression of their students into tertiary education – before adjusting for family socioeconomic background. 
  • Before adjusting for family socioeconomic background, it was found that a greater proportion of high-performing low decile schools when evaluated on the completion of a tertiary qualification one and three years after graduation. It was also found that a small proportion of high-performing middle decile schools in the one- and three-year evaluations.
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