20% of Australian students don’t finish high school: non-mainstream schools have a lot to teach us about helping kids stay

Nigel Howard, Andrew Bills

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Abstract

A significant proportion of young Australians still do not finish high school. According to data released by the Productivity Commission on Tuesday, about one in five students leave before they reach Year 12.

In 2022, about 79% of students started Year 12, the lowest in the last ten years of data reported. The rate was higher for non-government schools (87.2%) than government schools (73.5%).

If a student reaches Year 12 it doesn’t mean they complete the year. Figures released last month by the South Australian Department for Education show of those who began Year 12 in the state, only 64% completed their Year 12 certificate.

Keywords

  • HSC Completion
  • School Redesign
  • Student retention

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