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Research into school attendance

Read the research on student attendance and reduce the risk of absenteeism and truancy by putting strategies and approaches into practice.

Research on student attendance

Research shows that poor school attendance is associated with:

Queensland State School Attendance Rate (Semester 1, 2012) by NAPLAN 2012 Scale Score Year 7

Queensland State School Attendance Rate (Semester 1, 2012) by NAPLAN 2012 Scale Score Year 7

This graph compares the Queensland state school attendance rate for Semester 1 2012 with Year 7 NAPLAN 2012 scores for reading and numeracy. The graph shows that as attendance rates decrease, so does the NAPLAN scores for reading and numeracy. This trend between attendance rate and achievement level is consistent at every year level and subject.

Research into strategies for improving student attendance

Strategies to increase student attendance include:

Examples include:

Research into success of strategies

There is little research into the effectiveness of these strategies on improving student attendance. Schools that have successfully improved attendance tend to use of a range of strategies across the three categories and tailored these to suit the needs of the local community. Their approaches have included:

More information

Ideas and practical strategies for improving attendance

Performance Insights: School Attendance Adobe PDF document804K

Statistics on student attendance

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This page was last reviewed on 04 Aug 2014

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