Education - Age-standardised stand-down rates in schools by ethnic group and gender 2020

Ministry of Education


A state or state integrated school principal may consider the formal removal of a student through a stand-down from school for a period of up to 5 school days. A stand-down, for any student, can total no more than 5 school days in a term, or 10 days in a school year. Students return automatically to school following a stand-down.

Data calculation/treatment

The age-standardised stand-down rate is one where all subgroups, for all years, being compared are artificially given the same age distribution. In this indicator, the age distributions of students in each subgroup and year have been standardised to (or weighted by) the set of age-specific stand-down rates for all New Zealand.
As stand-downs are highest for ages 13 to 15, standardising for age will remove any differences due to one group having a younger or older population than other groups, or if the overall age distribution has changed from year to year. As such, the standardised rate is an artificial measure, but it does provide an estimate of how groups, or overall rates by year, might more fairly compare if they had the same age distribution.

For more information


  • students from schools which are not receiving public funding
  • students at Correspondence School
  • adult students (older than 19), and
  • International Fee-Paying students.

Data provided by

Ministry of Education

Dataset name

School Student Engagement and Participation: Stand-downs from school 2020


How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Time Series: Stand-downs (2000-2020)' from the 'Time Series' section

Import & extraction details

File as imported: School Student Engagement and Participation: Stand-downs from school 2020

From the dataset School Student Engagement and Participation: Stand-downs from school 2020, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: 1. Both, gender and ethnicity
  • Range: D5:E16
  • Provided: 24 data points

Dataset originally released on:

September 2021