School decile ratings
Deciles are a way in which the Ministry of Education allocates additional funding to schools to enable them to overcome the barriers to learning facing student from low socio-economic households.
A decile is a 10 percent grouping, there are ten deciles and around 10 percent of schools are in each decile. A school’s decile rating indicates the extent to which it draws its students from low socio-economic communities.
Decile 1 schools are the 10 percent of schools with the highest proportion of students from low socio-economic communities, whereas decile 10 schools are the 10 percent of schools with the lowest proportion of these students.
The lower a school’s decile rating, the more decile-based funding it gets. The decile-based increased funding is targeted at given to lower decile schools= to provide additional resources to support their students’ learning needs.
A decile does not indicate the overall socio-economic mix of the students attending a school or measure the standard of education delivered at a school.