Achievement Retention Transitions (Numbers, Names, Needs)

The Achievement Retention Transitions (ART) - Numbers, Names, Needs (formally ART 2013-17) initiative works in partnership with secondary schools to identify young people at risk of not achieving NCEA Level 2, with a particular focus on Maori and Pacific students. The initiative aims to generate higher levels of NCEA achievement. The initiative began in 2013 building on a 2012 pilot programme that led to significant improvement in the numbers of students achieving NCEA Level 2.

The ART - Numbers, Names, Needs initiative aims to ensure that:

  • 18-year-old students who would not otherwise have done so without the focus of this initiative, achieve NCEA Level 2
  • 16–17-year-olds who are similarly at risk achieve NCEA Level 2.

How the programme works

The Ministry of Education supports education providers to identify students who may require additional support to achieve NCEA Level 2 or equivalent, and implement appropriate initiatives that can be tailored to suit each student.

Examples of initiatives include:

  • Effective tracking and monitoring
  • Profiling students to generate institution-wide knowledge of who is being supported and how
  • Tailored interventions to support students when they fall behind
  • Study support, mentoring, and other strategies to re-engage students
  • Access to career guidance to better align learning to desired post-school outcomes
  • Tailored access to external providers (for example, through Trades Academies, STAR and Gateway)
  • Ongoing learning and assessment opportunities through to the end of the academic school year (through the period that is sometimes referred to as exam leave).
  • Holiday teaching and learning programmes
  • Engagement with parents, family, and whānau to gain their commitment to supporting students.

Better Public Service (BPS) 

In 2012, Government set a range of Better Public Service (BPS) targets to create a collaborative public-sector response that more effectively meets the needs and expectations of New Zealanders.

The previous BPS Result Area 5* focused on raising NCEA Level 2 achievement rates so that in 2017, 85% of 18-year-olds have achieved NCEA Level 2 or equivalent. The Achievement 2013–17 programme focuses on supporting this result area. 

In 2016, 84.6% of all 18-year-olds attained the equivalent of NCEA Level 2 or above. There has been a 10.3 percentage point increase since 2011, which equates to an average annual increase of around 2.1 percentage points. There has been a sharp improvement in Māori and Pasifika achievement in particular since 2011. 74.3% of Māori achieved NCEA Level 2 or equivalent in 2016 – 17.2 percentage points more than 2011. 78.7% of Pasifika 18-year-olds achieved NCEA Level 2 in 2016 – up 13.3 percentage points from 2011.

*Note: The Government has introduced new targets under Better Public Service Result Area 5 to raise the achievement of children and young people: one in mathematics and pāngarau; and the other in writing and tuhituhi. The targets are to have at least 80% of Year 8 students, by 2021, reaching the National Standard or Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori expectations in these areas. While NCEA Level 2 or equivalent is no longer a BPS Result area, it remains the goal that informs Achievement 2013–17.

For more information on the Better Public Service Targets, visit here

More information

If you would like more information on Achievement Retention Transitions (ART) - Numbers, Names, Needs, contact a Principal Adviser

View the ART Brochures here.