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Retention rates reach record high

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A record high number of public school students are choosing to stay in school until year 12, with the latest figures showing yet another increase in the retention rate for high school students.

In the last decade, the rate has climbed from 74.5% in 2007 to 104.6% in 2016 with the Education Department’s suite of reforms contributing to this steady growth, including the SACE improvement program which has played a key factor.

The SACE improvement program is designed to increase SACE participation, completion and achievement by supporting quality teaching and sharing instances of best teaching practice and task design with other schools.

Schools have been provided with resources to improve data analysis and use, track and monitor student progress, and deliver targeted intervention for students.