The need to raise the achievement of local Maori students will be highlighted at a Christchurch workshop.
The Ministry of Education will next Wednesday report to members of the education sector on local students' progress, and plans to raise achievement.
The ministry's priority education assignments deputy secretary, Apryll Parata, says the number of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA level 2 rose by almost 3% last year, compared to 2011. Howeverm Maori were bucking the trend, with a drop of 3% during that time.
Ms Parata says more could be done to raise Maori achievement, such as personalised learning plans and closer monitoring of students' results, which are getting great results elsewhere.