Analysis of School Attendance Data

Analysis of School Attendance Data in Primary and Post-Primary Schools

Data on non-attendance in primary and post-primary schools are collected by the National ‎Education Welfare Board (NEWB) through the Annual Attendance Report (AAR).  The core ‎of the NEWB data-set consists of four variables: (1) Total number of days lost through ‎student absence in the entire school year, (2) number of students who were absent for 20 ‎days or more in the school year, (3) total number of students expelled in respect of whom all ‎appeal processes have been exhausted, and (4) total number of students who were ‎suspended.  ‎

The Centre has been involved in analysing NEWB data for several years and has recently ‎released a report based on analysis of data for the 2010/11 school year (see ‎http://www.newb.ie/publications/). ‎The report integrates data for 2010/11 with summary ‎statistics for a five-year period and examines issues separately for the primary and post-‎primary sector.  For primary schools, data are analysed on the basis of whether the school is ‎in a rural or urban location, disadvantaged status of ‎the school, and by county.‎ For post-‎primary schools data are broken-down by school type (community/comprehensive, ‎secondary, vocational), and by county.‎

A report for 2011/12 is in preparation and analysis of data for the 2012/13 school year is due ‎to begin in 2014.‎