Schooling - Percentage of student's time by reason for absence and ethnic group in Term 2 2011–2019

Ministry of Education


This data uses total response Ethnicity; students who identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group, but only once in "All". Ethnic groups should not be summed as this could lead to double counting of some students.


Students attending regularly: having attended more than 90% of all school time in Term 2, where time is measured in half-days.
Lateness: The percentage of classes for which students were marked as arriving late, out of the classes they attended. School policy will determine when a student is
recorded as arriving late to class (e.g. more than 10 minutes late).
Being present at school: it does not include justified nor unjustified absence from school. It does include classes where a student is at school for the day but needs to attend an in school or out of school appointment or is on a school organised outing.
Justified and unjustified absences: absences with explanations that have been deemed satisfactory or unsatisfactory, respectively. School principals are required to make a judgement as to which explanations they will accept, based on school policy. These policies may vary slightly and could lead to small differences in data between schools.

Data calculation/treatment

Term 2 2019 included 96 half-days (excluding strike days). Data was received from 2,184 schools, representing 96% of enrolled students across New Zealand (734,751).

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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.

Data provided by

Ministry of Education

Dataset name

New Zealand Schools Attendance Survey: Term 2, 2019


How to find the data

At URL provided, download '2019 Attendance Data (XLS, 202.3 KB)' file from the right-hand pane.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: New Zealand Schools Attendance Survey: Term 2, 2019

From the dataset New Zealand Schools Attendance Survey: Term 2, 2019, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Time, Ethnicity
  • Range: E4:M148
  • Provided: 1,305 data points

Dataset originally released on:

February 2020

About this dataset

The 2019 attendance report uses student attendance data from Term 2, 2019 (29 April - 5 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

Student attendance data is published annually as part of a series of attendance information the Ministry of Education publishes. The report provides a picture of attendance in New Zealand schools to help schools, Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako and other sector representatives understand patterns of attendance and how these can affect a student’s achievement and wellbeing.

Method of collection/Data provider

This report looks at data generated by the 2019 Attendance Survey taken during Term 2, between the end of April and the beginning of July. It is a voluntary survey run across primary and secondary schools.