CESE's latest attendance bulletin analyses attendance rates at NSW government schools from 2006 to 2017. Here's a summary of the key findings:
- Attendance rates were generally high for primary students. The average rate was 93.9 per cent in 2017.
- Across years of schooling, attendance rates decreased at a much slower rate in primary years (drop of 1 percentage point between Kindergarten and Year 6), than in secondary years (drop of 5 percentage points from Year 7 to Year 10).
- There remains a sizable gap of 7.1 percentage points in average attendance rates between schools in major metropolitan cities and those in remote / very remote areas.
- The gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students’ attendance rates has decreased from 7.1 percentage points in 2011 to 6.4 percentage points in 2017. Aboriginal students’ attendance rate at remote/very remote schools increased 4.3 percentage points since 2006.