Thresholds for measuring performance

Thresholds for measuring performance

Last updated 3 November 2016
Last updated 11/03/2016

2016 thresholds

We have decided to maintain the upper thresholds and increase the lower thresholds for measuring 2016 performance, which will have an impact on 2017 funding.

The reasons include:

  • high-performing tertiary education organisations (TEOs) have continued to improve, although performance at higher levels is beginning to slow
  • increasing the lower threshold indicates that there are still improvements to be made
  • raising the lower thresholds provides an incentive for lower-performing TEOs to improve.  

The upper thresholds were calculated from published 2011 performance information, while the lower thresholds were calculated from published 2014 performance information.

 

TABLE 4: THRESHOLDS FOR MEASURING 2016 PERFORMANCE

Grouped Qualification Levels

Upper threshold

Lower threshold

Level 1–2

6.0

5.6

Level 3–4

7.8

6.3

Level 5–6

7.5

6.0

Level 7–8

8.1

6.6

 

2015 thresholds

For measuring 2015 performance, we kept the upper and lower thresholds at the same levels as those used for measuring 2014 educational performance.

The reasons include:

  • while some performance thresholds have reached an acceptable level, improvement is still expected at some grouped levels
  • this provides an incentive for lower performing TEOs to improve their performance, without increasing thresholds for TEOs that are already performing well.

The upper thresholds have been calculated from published 2011 performance information, while the lower thresholds have been calculated from published 2012 performance information.

 

TABLE 5: THRESHOLDS FOR MEASURING 2015 PERFORMANCE

Grouped 
Qualification 
Levels

Upper 
threshold

Lower 
threshold

Level 1–2

6.0

5.6

Level 3–4

7.8

6.1

Level 5–6

7.5

5.6

Level 7–8

8.1

6.6