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Student retention rates at NSW government schools by SA4 groupings (2014-2018)

The full-time apparent retention rate (ARR) measures the proportion of a cohort of full-time students that moves from one grade to the next, based on an expected rate of progression of one grade per year. It does not track individual students through their final years of secondary schooling.

Data Notes:

  • The ARR is the ratio of the total number of full-time school students in a designated year (e.g. Year 12 in 2018) divided by the total number of full-time students in a previous year (e.g. Year 7 in 2013). This would be the Year 7 to 12 apparent retention rate in 2018.

  • Reporting on ARRs based on small numbers of students can lead to unreliable ARR estimates. The tables combine ABS SA4 areas to ensure the underlying number of students is sufficiently large to generate reliable estimates.

  • Only full-time students are counted in the calculation of full-time apparent retention. Part-time students are excluded.

  • Students enrolled in distance education classes are included with their appropriate grade levels. Sydney-Inner includes enrolments from Sydney Distance Education High School.

  • ARRs can exceed 100 per cent due to factors including student migration from interstate and overseas and between school sectors.

  • Support students do not have a designated grade and therefore are not counted in the calculation of ARRs.

  • Norfolk Island Central School is not included in this data.

Data Source:

  • Statistics and Analysis Unit. Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation.

Data and resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title Student retention rates at NSW government schools by SA4 groupings (2014-2018)
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution
Data Status active
Update Frequency annual
Landing Page https://data.cese.nsw.gov.au/data/dataset/d4fe93de-6735-4a51-bd09-3a01f614ec15
Date Published 2017-11-09
Date Updated 2019-07-18
Contact Point
NSW Department of Education
1300 972 196
Data Services <data.services@det.nsw.edu.au>
Temporal Coverage 2014-01-01 - 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 Region-level