ACT Public Primary and High School Attendance
The proportion of full time students in Years 1-10 whose attendance rate in Semester 1 is equal to or greater than 90 per cent
What do we measure?
Attendance is analysed for Semester 1 of the school year.
Attendance data is collected through the electronic management system at the school. For primary schools, teachers record student attendance in the morning and afternoon. Absence data is aggregated at the end of each term and entered in the school management system. Terms 1 and 2 data is analysed at the end of the first semester for national and local reporting purposes.
The student attendance level is defined as the proportion of full time students whose attendance rate is greater than or equal to 90 per cent over the period.
Why is this important?
High levels of attendances at school are essential for learning and to enable students to benefit from the full range of educational programs offered at school. Attendance is a proxy for student engagement with evidence of the relationship between poor attendance and poor student outcomes. Analysis of the attendance level can identify groups of students for whom attendance is generally satisfactory, as well as to highlight groups whose lower levels of attendance may put them at a disadvantage in terms of learning outcomes and educational achievement overall.
The Education Act 2004 requires any child living in the ACT aged 6-17 years to be enrolled with an education provider or registered for home education until they complete Year 10. Where a child is attending a school, the child must attend school on every day the school is open for attendance and all activities that the school requires the child to attend, unless there is a reasonable excuse. Attendance is an indicator of the government objective that school education services promote student participation.
Across 2015-17, between 75 and 78 per cent of ACT students in Years 1-10 attended school at least 90 per cent of school days. Attendance levels were higher in Years 1-6 students (80-82%) compared with levels for Years 7-10 students (67-71%). For the ACT and nationally, a much higher proportion of non-Indigenous students than Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students were present at school for at least 90 per cent of school days.
How is the ACT Progressing?
Table 27: Proportion (%) of student attendance level, ACT schools, Years 1-10, 2015-17
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Source: ACARA, National Report on Schooling in Australia data portal.
Note Data on student attendance levels could not be collected for NSW Government schools. The omission of NSW Government school data also affects the national level of attendance for all schools and for the government sector.