Achievement Retention Transitions (ART 2013-17)

The Achievement Retention Transitions (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 Pasifika students. The initiative aims to generate higher levels of NCEA achievement and support the Government’s Better Public Services target of 85 percent of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2 or equivalent, in 2017. The initiative builds on a 2012 pilot programme that led to significant improvement in the numbers of students achieving NCEA Level 2.

Achievement 2013–17 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) target

In 2013, 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.

Target 5 aims to raise NCEA Level 2 achievement rates so that in 2017, 85 percent of 18-year-olds have achieved NCEA Level 2 or equivalent.

This is a significant shift from the 74 percent of 18-year-olds with NCEA Level 2 in 2011, particularly for Māori and Pasifika young people. In 2011, only 57 percent of Māori and 65 percent of Pasifika 18-year-olds achieved NCEA Level 2. The Achievement 2013–17 programme focuses on supporting the achievement of this target. The most recent Better Public Service results can be found via the link below.

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

More information

If you would like more information on Achievement 2013–17, contact a Secondary Tertiary Lead 

View the ART Brochures here.