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The Starpath Project - Partnership for Excellence

A pioneering research project focused on transforming educational outcomes for New Zealand students who are currently under-achieving at secondary school and hence are under-represented in tertiary education.

Starpath is a Partnership for Excellence led by the University of Auckland in partnership with the New Zealand Government. It aims to address New Zealand’s comparatively high rate of educational inequality with Māori and Pacific students, and students from low socio-economic backgrounds showing significant rates of educational under-achievement compared with their peers.

According to the Ministry of Education almost one in five New Zealand students leaves secondary school without formal qualifications. For Pacific students it is one in four and for Māori, one in three. In addition, more than 80 percent of Māori and 70 percent of Pacific tertiary study is at sub-degree level. Starpath is focused on discovering evidence-based ways of transforming these patterns of educational achievement.

  • About us

    Starpath is the first rigorous research project looking into the impacts of socio-economic status on educational achievement in New Zealand.

  • Our people

    The Starpath team consists of a group of leading educational quantitative and qualitative researchers.

  • Research Reports

    Starpath has completed a number of studies and reports on the barriers to tertiary study for different groups of students.

  • Other publications

    Download and purchase a range of Starpath publications, journal articles, case studies and annual reports.

  • Making it work

    Schools share their insight and experiences of implementing Starpath strategies for success.

  • News and newsletters

    Find out about recent Starpath news and current activities.

  • Partner schools wikispace

    Access to the Starpath wikispace for teachers and school leaders in Starpath partner schools.

  • Contact us

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