National Report on Schooling in Australia 2011

Part 4

Student participation

Overview

The first agreed outcome of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Education Agreement (NEA) is that all children are engaged in and benefiting from schooling.
Two measures of engagement in schooling, in the sense of participation, are:
  • the number and proportion of children enrolled in school

  • the rate at which children attend school.

Enrolment and attendance are specified as performance indicators within the NEA and as key performance measures in the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia 2010.
This section provides data and commentary on enrolment and attendance in Australian schools including these performance indicators/measures. It also includes data on the apparent progression and retention of students through secondary school.