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Full-time apparent retention rate in NSW government schools (2001-2018)

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 2014) divided by the total number of full-time students in a previous year (e.g. Year 7 in 2009). This would be the Year 7 to 12 apparent retention rate in 2014.

  • With the New School Leaving Age legislation coming into effect in January 2010, the Year 12 cohort in 2012 is the first group of students who were required to complete Year 10. This means that the Year 10 enrolment figure was higher than in previous years, resulting in a relative decline in Year 10 to Year 12 apparent retention in 2012, despite the Year 7 to Year 12 apparent retention rate increasing slightly.

  • All enrolments are reported in full-time equivalent units, and include full-time and part-time students. Students enrolled in distance education classes are included with their appropriate grade levels.

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

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

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Additional Info

Field Value
Title Full-time apparent retention rate in NSW government schools (2001-2018)
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution
Data Status active
Update Frequency annual
Landing Page https://data.cese.nsw.gov.au/data/dataset/35bb0767-a8f1-3a32-85fd-afcc336523ee
Date Published 2015-09-30
Date Updated 2019-10-29
Contact Point
NSW Department of Education
1300 972 196
Data Services <data.services@det.nsw.edu.au>
Temporal Coverage 2001-01-01 - 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