Download the 2017 attendance bulletin (PDF, 408kB).
Student attendance has been demonstrated to be linked to student academic outcomes, although the nature of the link is complex. CESE’s Government School Student Attendance 2017 (Semester 1) bulletin summarises attendance rates by:
• student level of education
• Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students
• scholastic year and gender.
CESE’s analysis of Semester 1 2017 attendance data indicates that the average attendance rate for NSW government schools was 92.1 per cent, but varied widely across a number of contextual factors.
Attendance rate and student level of education
Primary school students’ attendance rates were, on average, 4.4 percentage points higher than secondary school students’ attendance rates. Attendance rates decreased at a slower rate in primary years (drop of 1 percentage point from Kindergarten to Year 6), than in secondary years (5 percentage points decrease between years 7 and 10).
Attendance rate and remoteness
Attendance rates were lower for students in remote and very remote schools compared to attendance rates at schools in major cities - averaging 85.6 per cent in remote and very remote areas, compared to 92.7 per cent in major cities.
Attendance rate and Aboriginal students
The gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students’ attendance rate has decreased 0.7 percentage points since 2011. In 2017, the average attendance rate for Aboriginal students was 86.2 per cent and for non-Aboriginal students was 92.6 per cent. This gap was smaller for primary students (4.1 percentage points) than secondary students (10.1 percentage points). The average attendance rate for Aboriginal students at remote and very remote schools has increased by 4.3 percentage points since 2006.
Recording and monitoring student attendance allows educators to identify students who have low attendance, and are at risk of falling behind. Tracking student attendance is also a legislative requirement and part of every school’s duty of care. Attendance data is important because it provides a measure of students’ engagement – which is critical for evaluating school and student performance.
To access data on NSW government school student attendance, visit the NSW Education Data Hub.
The summary on this page is also available as a PDF. Download the 2017 attendance summary (PDF, 215kB).
The 2016 attendance bulletin (PDF, 370kB) presents analysis of attendance data at NSW government schools from 2006 to 2016. Results are presented for primary and secondary students. Attendance rates are also presented for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, remoteness, and the Family Occupation and Employment Index (FOEI) of schools.
The school student attendance bulletin (PDF, 1MB) presents analysis of attendance data at NSW government schools from 2006 to 2015. Results are presented for primary and secondary students. Attendance rates are also presented for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, remoteness and the Family Occupation and Employment Index (FOEI) of schools.
The 2014 attendance bulletin (PDF, 500kB) presents data on attendance rates in NSW government schools. Research indicates a strong link between attendance and student achievement. The attendance rate for all students in NSW government schools increased by 0.3 percentage points from 92.6 per cent in 2013 to 92.9 per cent in 2014. This is the highest attendance rate recorded over the past ten years.