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4221.0 - Schools, Australia, 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/03/2009   
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Schools Australia 4221.0 has re-issued their PDF and the following data cubes due to the data changes as follows:

Table 13 - Part-time secondary student numbers, by year of school education Year 10, QLD,

  • Figure changed from 138 to 638 (clerical error)
Table 20 Apparent Continuation Rates
  • Entire table recalculated due to errors in formulae.
Table 21 Apparent Grade Progression Rates
  • Entire table recalculated due to errors in formulae.
Table 22 Apparent Retention Rates
  • Year 1998, Year 7/8 to 11, Indigenous figure changed from 52.5 to 52.3, Difference subsequently changed form -32.9 to -33.1
  • Year 2000, Year 7/8 to 9, Indigenous figure changed from 95.7 to 95.5, Difference subsequently changed from -4.1 to -4.3
  • Year 2001, Year 7/8 to 10, Indigenous figure changed from 85.8 to 85.7, Difference subsequently changed from -12.6 to -12.7
  • Year 2002, Year 7/8 to 11, Indigenous figure changed from 59.0 to 58.9, Differences subsequently changed from -29.6 to -29.7
  • Year 2003, Year 7/8 to 12, Indigenous figure changed from 39.2 to 39.1, Differences subsequently changed from -37.3 to -37.4
  • Year 2004, Year 7/8 to 11, Indigenous figure changed from 61.0 to 61.1, Differences subsequently changed from -28.0 to -27.9
  • Year 2004, Year 7/8 to 12, Indigenous figure changed from 39.5 to 39.8, Differences subsequently changed from -37.4 to -37.1
  • Year 2006, Year 7/8 to 10, Non-Indigenous figure changed from 101.1 to 98.9, Differences subsequently changed from -9.8 to -7.6
  • Year 2007, Year 7/8 to 11, Non-Indigenous figure changed from 11.2 to 89.4, Differences subsequently changed from -31.5 to -19.7
  • Year 2008, Year 7/8 to 10, Non-Indigenous figure changed from 97.2 to 99.8, Differences subsequently changed from 8.0 to -10.6

The Data Cubes numbered from 1 to 23 are the individual tables featured in the publication Schools, Australia, 2008 (Cat.no. 4221.0). There is both a .pdf and a zipped .pdf version for users to choose.

Data Cubes numbered 24 to 35 are time series tables, covering a majority of the available NSSC data from the mid 1990's to the most recent data collected in 2008. Tables are provided in either Supertable format, or EXCEL pivot table format. Both 'zipped' and 'unzipped' versions are also provided. Supertable and EXCEL pivot table formats provide a means of selecting any number of personalised views of the data enclosed.

Supertable comes with its own software which needs to be downloaded and installed before use. EXCEL pivot tables can be used by any client with access to EXCEL software (note that EXCEL viewer can only access the complete cross-classified table and is unable to provide new views). The EXCEL tables enclosed here have been created in EXCEL 2003 and compatability with earlier versions of EXCEL is not known.

EXCEL pivot tables consist of two spreadsheets. One is the data file which should not be altered (CSV). The other is the pivot table. The pivot table comprises a number of metadata items such as State, year, sex, affiliation, etc, and a number of data items with 'number', 'count', 'rate' or 'ratio' as a descriptor. Metadata items can be moved around between row, column and stub, while, for any particular view, a single data item should be placed in the body of a table. NOTE: EXCEL automatically produces some level of inappropriate 'totaling' of rates and ratios and clients should ignore these results when they occur. Specific queries or advice can be sought by contacting Leo Stinson on (02) 6252 7793.

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