10 September 2019

Does the reason matter? How student-reported reasons for school absence contribute to differences in achievement outcomes

This research used data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children to examine the reasons for school absence as reported by 14–15 year olds and how these reasons related to achievement outcomes in Year 9. After controlling for student, family and school characteristics and Year 7 achievement, Year 9 achievement was most strongly associated with absences related to student-, or family-level reasons. While schools typically bear the responsibility for monitoring and responding to absenteeism, the drivers of absence may not be related to factors that schools can address.