Course and subject endorsements also continue to increase which means that Cook Islands students are not only gaining the overall qualification, but are also gaining merit and excellence endorsements for both individual subjects or the qualification overall.
MoE executive director Gail Townsend says when Cook Islands results are compared to the results for students in New Zealand, they show that students here are doing very well.
“There is a perception that because we don’t have the flashiest buildings that education here is not up to standard but these results certainly continue to suggest that quality learning is happening in our schools.”
The Ministry’s focus is on the outcomes for students in the Cook Islands, but Townsend says it is always good to benchmark their achievements against others.
The Ministry congratulates all students, principals and teachers for these results but says parents must also be recognised for the part they play in supporting their children.
Parents play a big role with school work and assessment throughout the year and especially supporting them through the exam period in November.
Although the Ministry of Education released preliminary results in February, final results weren’t released from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority until late May.
This latest report reflects changes that may have occurred if students have requested a review of results as well assessments which did not appear in the first set of results.
Tereora College principal Tania Morgan says they always urge students to go over their results very carefully to look for anything unusual or something that might be missed.
All teachers of NCEA classes also get class lists of results and check those against their own records of students work over the year and their expectations of final exam results for their students.
At a national level results are calculated by enrolment and by participation.
‘By enrolment’ means that the pass rate is a measure of every student who is in that year, regardless of their course.
‘By participation’ means the pass rate only includes students who are doing a programme that makes them eligible for the qualification, which means that these rates are normally slightly higher as not every student is counted as part of the group.
Townsend says here in the Cook Islands, they focus on results by enrolment.
“We don’t choose not to enrol students just because we think they might struggle to pass.
We believe every student, if they have been in school for 11 years, should have a level education and be on a programme that allows them to attempt the qualification.”
She says many of the students that miss the level one qualification do so by such a small number of credits that they often achieve this quite quickly at the start of their Year 12 programme and achieve both level one and two in the same year.
The full set of results will be included in the Ministry of Education’s 2015 Statistics Report due out next month. It will be available from the Ministry or can be downloaded from www.education.gov.ck.