guiding our practice and actions

Public Achievement Information and Education Counts

Public Achievement Information (PAI) is published participation and attainment and achievement information about schools, learners and the education system. It is foundational information for your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

The Ministry’s Education Counts website contains all the publically released PAI data. The core data includes:

  • prior participation in ECE
  • National Standards attainment
  • Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori attainment
  • school leaver attainment, including:
    • vocational pathway award endorsements and
    • destination data (the tertiary destinations of leavers)
  • 18 year olds with NCEA Level 2.

PAI core data is available at national level as well as by ethnic group, school, regional council and territorial authority. It has recently been updated to include Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

Education Counts provides the raw data, detailed reports, education indicators and posters to support evidence-based practice and action.

How this tool could be used

PAI is foundational information for your Community of Learning to inform your decision making. PAI can also help guide the development of your achievement challenges, assess your progress for improving education outcomes to benefit individual learners, and assist with reporting to parents, family, whānau and the wider community.

You can use the Education Counts website to find:

  • achievement information for your Kāhui Ako
  • a suite of educational indicators
  • benchmark information.

Related tools

Education Counts is a ready source of information on student engagement and participation in education, teaching and the funding of education.

  • It also has information on different education providers, including profile and contact details for Communities of Learning and easy access to their achievement challenges.
  • The Best Evidence Synthesis provides evidence about what works and what makes the biggest difference in education in New Zealand.
  • Visit the Education Counts website for more information.  

Action planning ideas

Communities of Learning can use the PAI data to measure progress against their achievement challenges.

Key questions your Kāhui Ako could consider:

  • How to use this data and evidence to inform your strategies for improving student progress and achievement.
  • How this data can be shared with parents, whānau, iwi and other community partners.
  • How your Kāhui Ako data compares with others in your region.
  • How you can use iwi profiles to support Māori learners in your Kāhui Ako.
  • How to use this data to enhance learner pathways from early childhood to school leavers.

Where to find out more


Link with the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako Development Map

This tool will help your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako progress within Domain 3 of the Development Map: Evidence – guiding our practice and actions.