If a student was enrolled for less than 30 half-days during Term 2 their data has not been included.
Alternative education students and students attending teen parent units are excluded.
Students attending private schools are not included.
Changes to data collection/processing
In the 2015 attendance survey the Ministry adopted a new measure that focuses on individual student attendance rather than the average daily attendance across the school, which can mask individual student attendance challenges.
The Ministry also began measuring students' school attendance in half-days, rather than full days, which is more consistent with how schools record attendance. This report continues to analyse attendance for all of Term 2.
The 2018 attendance report uses student attendance data from Term 2, 2018 (30 April - 6 July).
This report investigates the relationships between attendance, and achievement, school factors (school type, and decile), student factors (gender and year level, and ethnicity of the student), or regional factors (education area).
Purpose of collection
This dataset is designed to provide a picture that will help school leaders and other sector representatives to understand patterns of attendance in New Zealand schools, and how these can effect achievement.
Method of collection/Data provider
In 2011 to 2018, all state and state integrated schools in New Zealand were invited to submit Term 2 attendance data. Schools that are able to enter their attendance records into their Student Management Systems (SMS) were asked to provide an extract of this data electronically.
The electronic files supplied by schools contain detailed attendance records. Each half-day’s attendance or non-attendance is then reported.
Detailed attendance records are required for the analysis performed in this report, therefore only schools that can provide attendance data electronically are able to participate in this analysis.