3. Student participation, achievement and satisfaction

Appendix 3

 

 

‘Primary’ denotes Kindergarten to Year 6 and ‘Secondary’ spans Years 7 to 12 unless specified otherwise.

 

 


Figure A6: Participation rate (%) of persons aged 15 to 17 years engaged in some form of education by gender 2017 to 2021(a)(b)(c)

A bar chart showing participation data. This data is quite complex but essentially the chart shows that in 2017, 89.5% of 15 to 17 year olds were enrolled in either public or non-government schools, half a percent in universities and 6% in VET. The percentage enrolled in schools has decreased to 87.8% in 2021 with less than half a per cent in university and 7.4% enrolled in VET. Overall the percentage of people aged 15 to 17 years who were engaged in some form of education increased from 96% in 2017 to 97.7% in 2018 and then steadily decreased to 95.5% in 2021. For all years presented, a slightly higher proportion of females enrolled in private schools and university and a slightly higher proportion of males enrolled in VET.

(a) Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics preliminary estimates of resident population (age at 30 June) and data collected from public and non-government schools (Semester 2 student census, age at 1 July), universities (age at 30 June), and vocational education and training providers (age at 30 June).
(b) University enrolment data for 2021 is an estimate based on 2020 university enrolment data and an annual compound growth factor calculated from university enrolment data across the previous 4 years.
(c) Revised figures for 2017 to 2020 due to updated data for 2020 university and VET enrolments, and estimates of resident population in 2017 to 2020.
Source: System and School Performance, using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Department of Training and Workforce Development and the Australian Government Department of Education

 

 

 


Table A17: Public school student attendance rate (%) by level of education and subgroup 2021(a)(b)

Level of education Aboriginal All
All 71.3 88.4
Primary(c) 76.8 91.0
Secondary 62.6 84.4

(a) Excludes Kindergarten students, Canning College students and international students.
(b) As per National Standards for Student Attendance Data Reporting.
(c) Pre-primary to Year 6.

Source: System and School Performance

 

 

 


Table A18: Percentage of public school students by attendance category by subgroup 2021(a)(b)(c)

      Attendance category     Aboriginal     All  
Regular attendance (90–100%) 29.4 63.3
Indicated attendance risk (80–<90%) 21.9 22.0
Moderate attendance risk (60–<80%) 21.4 9.5
Severe attendance risk (<60%) 27.3 5.2

(a) Excludes Kindergarten students, Canning College students and international students.
(b) Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.
(c) As per National Standards for Student Attendance Data Reporting.

Source: System and School Performance

 

 

 


Figure A7: Percentage of public school students by subgroup by attendance category 2017 to 2021(a)(b)(c)

A stacked column chart of the attendance categories for all students and Aboriginal students. The percentage of students in each category (Regular attendance, indicated risk, moderate risk and severe risk) has remained consistent from 2017 to 2020. In 2021, regular attendance of all students declined from 70.2% in 2020 to 63.3%, and from 33.5% to 29.4% for Aboriginal students. Students in attendance risk categories showed slight increases from 2020.

(a) Excludes Kindergarten students, Canning College students and international students.
(b) As per National Standards for Student Attendance Data Reporting.
(c) 2020 data excludes Weeks 7 to 10, Term 1 due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Source: System and School Performance

 

 

 


Table A19: Apparent secondary retention rate (%) of public school students by subgroup 2017 to 2021(a)(b)(c)(d)

Subgroup 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  % N % N % N % N % N
All 80.1 13,856 81.4 13,925 81.6 14,041 81.5 14,189 80.4 14,329
Female 83.8 6,927 84.3 6,874 85.7 7,118 84.9 7,154 83.9 7,167
Male 76.7 6,929 78.7 7,051 77.8 6,923 78.2 7,030 77.0 7,145
Aboriginal 45.3 717 47.3 718 47.6 768 46.9 783 47.5 750
Female 46.7 356 47.3 355 48.4 397 46.7 382 49.5 381
Male 44.1 361 47.3 363 46.8 371 47.1 401 45.6 369

(a) Excludes Canning College and Tuart College students, part-time and international students, and mature-aged students at senior campuses.
(b) All includes gender category ‘Other’.
(c) Calculated using the number of students in the Semester 2 student census. ‘N’ is the number of Year 12 students.
(d) Prior to 2020, the apparent retention rate is from Year 8 to Year 12. From 2020, the apparent retention rate is from Year 7 to Year 12. This change is because the 2020 Year 12 cohort was the first cohort to commence secondary school in Year 7.

Source: System and School Performance

 

 

 


Figure A8: Apparent secondary retention rate (%) of public school students by subgroup 2017 to 2021(a)(b)(c)(d)

A line chart of apparent retention rates for each subgroup showing similar trends with one another over time. Female students have consistently had the highest retention rates, more than 5 percentage points higher than retention rates for male students for all years shown. The overall retention rate has increased slightly from 80.1% in 2017 to 81.6% in 2019. Female student retention rates have increased from 83.8% in 2017 to 85.7% in 2019. Male student retention rates have increased slightly from 76.7% in 2017 to 77.8% in 2019. Retention rates for Aboriginal students have increased from 45.3% in 2017 to 47.6% in 2019. The rates for 2020 cannot be compared with previous years due to a change in methodology (refer to note d). In 2021, the overall rate decreased from 81.5% to 80.4%; the rate for female students decreased from 84.9% to 83.9%, the rate for male students decreased from 78.2% to 77.0%, and the rate for Aboriginal students increased from 46.9% to 47.5%.

(a) Excludes Canning College and Tuart College students, part-time and international students, and mature-aged students at senior campuses.
(b) All includes gender category ‘Other’.
(c) Calculated using the number of students in the Semester 2 student census.
(d) Prior to 2020, the apparent retention rate is from Year 8 to Year 12. From 2020, the apparent retention rate is from Year 7 to Year 12. This change is because the 2020 Year 12 cohort was the first cohort to commence secondary school in Year 7.

Source: System and School Performance

 

 

 


Table A20: Year 12 public school student WACE achievement rate by subgroup 2020 and 2021(a)

  Subgroup 2020 2021
    % N % N
WACE achievement rate(b) All
Aboriginal
81.7
46.2
11,829
362
81.1
42.7
11,856
320

(a) ‘N’ is the number of students who achieved the outcome. Only includes students counted in the rate’s denominator.
(b) Percentage of Year 12 full-time students in the Semester 2 student census who achieved WACE. For details on criteria required to achieve a WACE, refer to our WACE achievement key performance indicator.
Source: System and School Performance

 

 

 


Table A21: Year 12 public school student ATAR achievement by subgroup 2020 and 2021(a)(b)

  2020 2021
  Subgroup Students Median ATAR Students Median ATAR
% N % N
Students who achieved an ATAR(c) All
Aboriginal
33.6
7.2
4,901
57
79.25
62.15
33.2
6.0
4,890
45
80.25
56.35
ATAR students who achieved at least 55(d) All
Aboriginal
85.5
59.6
4,190
34

86.7
57.8
4,238
26

(a) Figures are ‘actuals’. Previous reports presented ‘apparent’ achievement figures.
(b) ‘N’ is the number of students who achieved the outcome. Only includes students counted in the rate’s denominator.
(c) Percentages use the number of Year 12 students in the Semester 2 student census as the denominator.
(d) Percentages use the number of Year 12 students in the Semester 2 student census who achieved an ATAR as the denominator.

Source: System and School Performance

 

 

 


Table A22: Year 12 public student VET certificate II or higher achievement by subgroup 2020 and 2021(a)(b)

  2020 2021
Subgroup Students Total VET certificates II or higher Students Total VET certificates II or higher
%(c) N %(c) N
All 75.4 10,989 16,136 58.4 8,588 12,539
Aboriginal 67.2 529 742 51.1 384 530

(a) Figures are ‘actuals’. Previous reports presented ‘apparent’ achievement figures.
(b) ‘N’ is the number of students who achieved a VET certificate II and higher. Only includes students counted in the rate’s denominator.
(c) The number of Year 12 students in the Semester 2 student census is the denominator.

Source: System and School Performance

 

 

 


Table A23: WACE achievement rate (%) of Year 12 public school students by subgroup 2017 to 2021(a)(b)(c)

Subgroup 2017     2018(d)      2019     2020     2021    
All 79.5    80.5    80.7    81.7    81.1   
Male 77.2    77.9    78.1    80.1    79.9   
Female 81.9    83.2    83.2    83.3    82.3   
Aboriginal 44.8    47.7    46.9(e) 46.2    42.7   

(a) Year 12 full-time students in the Semester 2 student census.
(b) All includes gender category ‘Other’.
(c) Year 12 WACE achievement data from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority and taken at a point in time. Data may be updated after this time for a variety of reasons such as students successfully appealing their results.
(d) A few registered training organisations did not complete VET certification for some public school students in time to be included in the 2018 data. This may have affected the data reported for 2018.
(e) Revised, previously reported as 46.7.

Source: System and School Performance

 

 

 


Table A24: Satisfaction of Year 12 public school students by subgroup 2017 to 2021(a)(b)

Subgroup 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021(c)
% satisfied with quality of teaching
All 88.0 87.7 87.4 88.4 86.0
Male 87.5 87.1 86.5 88.0 86.3
Female 88.6 88.3 88.3 88.8 85.9
Aboriginal 88.2 89.9 86.5 88.8 89.1
% satisfied with quality of education facilities
All 83.4 84.8 83.3 84.2 81.3
Male 83.2 84.7 82.5 83.6 81.6
Female 83.7 84.9 84.1 84.6 81.0
Aboriginal 82.6 88.2 83.9 85.6 81.3

(a) Post school intentions and satisfaction survey, conducted in Semester 2.
(b) All includes gender category ‘Other’.
(c) Completed by more than 8,200 Year 12 students.

Source: System and School Performance