Attendance in New Zealand schools 2011

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This survey on attendance was carried out in June 2011 as part of the Ministry’s ongoing monitoring of attendance in New Zealand schools.

  • In 2011, 2470 state and state integrated schools were invited to participate in the attendance survey. The response rate was 88% (compared to 85% in 2009, 91% in 2006 and 87% in 2004).
  • The estimated national absence rate in 2011 is 10.2% (compared to 11.6% in 2009, 11.5% in 2006 and 10.9% in 2004).
  • The total unjustified absence rate, or truancy rate, has also decreased to 4.0%. This compares to 4.2% in 2009 and 4.1% in 2006.
  • The national frequent truant rate is 1%. Frequent truants, or students who were unjustifiably absent for three or more days in the survey week, is highest for students in year 13 (2.1%) and for Māori students (1.8%).
  • The revised Ka Hikitia1target is to decrease the Māori frequent truant rate from 2.8% in 2009 to 2.0% in 2015. The frequent truant rate for year 9 and 10 Māori students in 2011 is 2.3%, which is on track to meet this target.


Truancy Officer details and resources

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Truancy Officer details and resources

This page lists the contact details for all Truancy Officers and related organisations throughout New Zealand. You can also access truancy resources.