Number 51: Attendance in primary school: factors and consequences

Using data from the first four waves of Growing up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, and the National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), this report aims to understand attendance patterns in primary school and examines the effects of students’ low attendance on their academic achievement (numeracy and reading). Broadly, the study found that higher levels of non-attendance were associated with lower levels of numeracy in primary school, but not literacy. The authors examine the child, family and school characteristics that lead to school non-attendance, and identify vulnerable groups of children as well as protective and risk factors.

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