Retention

Completion of upper secondary education is associated with a range of economic and social benefits both in New Zealand and across the OECD. Retention to senior secondary schooling is linked to higher levels of skills and knowledge required for participation in our increasingly knowledge-based society and the wider global community.

The retention data presented here is calculated from school leaver data, that is, it is the age that a school leaver completed their schooling. The Ministry convention is to consider the proportion of students that remain at school until at least their 17th birthday; this is a year after compulsory education and the average age for a student completing their upper secondary qualifications.

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Percentage of school leavers staying at school until at least their 17th birthday (2016-2018)
Group Left before 17th birthday Stayed until 17th birthday Percentage staying until at least 17th birthday
2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018
Female 190 249 224 865 890 866 82.0 78.1 79.4
Male 324 349 339 831 794 770 71.9 69.5 69.4
Māori 328 400 357 733 805 797 69.1 66.8 69.1
Pacific 16 29 37 66 71 80 80.5 71.0 68.4
Asian 7 5 6 63 58 55 90.0 92.1 90.2
MELAA 2 3 3 11 17 23 84.6 85.0 88.5
Other 3 7 1 14 11 7 82.4 61.1 87.5
European/Pākehā 215 254 273 1,004 960 922 82.4 79.1 77.2
Region Total 514 598 563 1,696 1,684 1,636 76.7 73.8 74.4
New Zealand Total 9,397 10,149 10,843 51,121 52,793 52,042 84.5 83.9 82.8

Notes:

  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian students. Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed. 'na' = not applicable.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students and adult students (age 19+) are excluded.