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Student attendance rate by education level (2006-2018)

The attendance rate is defined as the number of actual full-time equivalent student days attended by full-time school students in Years 1–10 in Semester 1 as a percentage of the total number of possible student-days attended in Semester 1.

Data Notes:

  • Attendance data for NSW government schools only. The attendance rate is calculated as (1 minus absences divided by enrolled days) multiplied by 100.

  • Government schools in Australia measure attendance rates throughout the first semester (terms 1 and 2). This is the time period specified for data collection in National Education Agreements between the Commonwealth and state and territory governments.

  • Kindergarten, Year 11, Year 12 and ungraded (support) students have been excluded in the attendance rates. Distance education and Schools for Special Purposes’ attendance data is not currently collected.

  • Absences equal ‘all full day absences for the period in question’.

Note: In 2018, NSW government schools implemented the national standards for student attendance data reporting. This resulted in a fall in attendance rates for most schools due to the inclusion of partial absences and accounting for student mobility in the calculation. Data for 2018 is not directly comparable with earlier years.

Data Source:

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Additional Info

Field Value
Title Student attendance rate by education level (2006-2018)
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution
Data Status active
Update Frequency annual
Landing Page https://data.cese.nsw.gov.au/data/dataset/d32eb671-645a-3f2e-88bd-509d58b50307
Date Published 2015-08-12
Date Updated 2019-11-07
Contact Point
NSW Department of Education
1300 972 196
Data Services <data.services@det.nsw.edu.au>
Temporal Coverage 2006-01-01 - 2018-12-31
Geospatial Coverage NSW81093: New South Wales
Theme Education and Training
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Data Portal NSW Education Data Hub
Publisher/Agency NSW Department of Education
Data Level State-level