Education - Stand-down rates per 1,000 students, by ethnic group and school quintile

Ministry of Education


Schools in the lowest quintile (quintile 1) draw their students from communities with the highest degree of socio-economic disadvantage.
For this indicator ethnicity is prioritised in the order of Māori, Pasifika, Asian, and European/Pākehā.
For this indicator European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined). For example, this includes and is not limited to people who consider themselves as Australian (excluding Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
For this table ethnicities other than the four listed are included in the total, but not in the main breakdown.


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.
Numerator: Total number of stand-downs occurring during the school year
Denominator: Total number of students on roll as at 1 July of each year, by individual year of age, excluding:

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 2014 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.

The numerator and denominator for each age-specific stand-down rate is calculated as follows:


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 2014


How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Stand-downs Data' from the 'Downloads' section of the right-hand column

Import & extraction details

File as imported: School Student Engagement and Participation: Stand-downs from school 2014

From the dataset School Student Engagement and Participation: Stand-downs from school 2014, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: 3. Stand-downs, by quintile
  • Range: C5:G9
  • Provided: 25 data points

Dataset originally released on:

June 2015