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.
The figure exceeds 100% to account for students entering the public system from interstate, overseas and other sectors. Apparent retention rates are the percentage of students in Year 12 compared with the number in Year 8 four years earlier.
"The figures demonstrate the incredible work our schools are doing to keep students engaged in their education right through to year 12 to maximise their potential for a successful life beyond school," said Anne Millard, Executive Director Partnerships, Schools and Preschools.