Social progress and the role of public education policy is certainly the long-game.
The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows nothing short of what I would describe as a modern miracle.
- Indigenous year 12 completions have seen significant gains.
- Retention rates for all students is 84.3% well up from 75% in 2006
- Gains in indigenous retention rates double that of the general population
Just under 60 per cent of Indigenous students finished year 12 in 2016, this is well up from less than half of students [ 40.1 per cent] in 2006.
More Indigenous girls finish year 12. They’re at 64.1 per cent, while the boys are at 55.7 per cent.
The role of data
In 2016, there were 207,852 Indigenous students enrolled, representing a 3.6 per cent increase from last year. Indigenous students now make up 5.5 per cent of all school students.
The ABS said these increasing rates are, in part, due to better identification of and data collection on these students.
The proportion of all Australian children enrolled in government schools increased slightly in 2016, continuing the shift starting in 2015 towards government schooling, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The Apparent Retention Rate [ARR] of secondary students staying through to Year 12 was 84.3 per cent, well up from the 75 per cent reported in 2006. As in previous years, the 2016 rate was higher for females (87.8 per cent) than for males (80.9 per cent).