Highest Year of School Completed (HSCP)
This variable (previously called Highest Level of Schooling Completed) records the highest level of primary or secondary school a person has completed. It is classified to the Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED). The data are used to help build a picture of the education levels in each area of Australia and to assist in the planning of educational facilities.
Highest Year of School Completed was new for the 2001 Census. Previous Censuses requested information on age left school.
This classification has changed since the 2001 Census. In 2001 it included a category 'Still at school'.
The 'Still at school' category is excluded from the 2006 classification. This allows the level of highest educational attainment to be determined for people still at school. For 2006, persons attending secondary school can still be identified by cross-classifying HSCP with Full/Part-Time Student Status (STUP) and Type of Educational Institution Attending (TYPP).
See also Level of Highest Educational Attainment (HEAP).