The current study makes use of data from one of the LSAY
95 cohort, which is a group of young Australians initially recruited into the survey in 1995 when their median age was 14.
Students who participate in the LSAY
study undertake achievement tests in reading and mathematics and in other areas at age 15 years.
Penman (2004) found that, amongst the LSAY
cohort that were in year 9 in 1995, 80% of early leavers and 76% of late leavers said securing a job or apprenticeship was an important consideration when deciding whether to leave school, with around half noting it was the most important.
For example, using data from the LSAY
, Ma (1997) reported that gender differences in mathematics coursework are significant only in Grade 12 in favor of males.
McMillan (2000) Patterns of Participation in Year 12 and Higher Education in Australia: Trends and Issues, LSAY
Research Report No.
In Betts (1996b), I use the aforementioned LSAY
data for this purpose.
Codebook: Student, Parent, and Teacher Data for Longitudinal Years One Through Four (1987-1990) (DeKalb, Ill.
Subject Choice by Students in Year 12 in Australian Secondary Schools, LSAY
Research Report Number 15, ACER, Camberwell Vic.
This technical paper contains information about the variables in the LSAY
(Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth) Y95 cohort data set.
and John Ainley (1999) `Reading Comprehension and Numeracy Among Junior Secondary School Students', LSAY
(Longitudinal Survey of Australian Youth) Research Report No.
data were distributed by the Chicago Academy of Science with no license restriction.
2007) Completing university: characteristics and outcomes of completing and non-completing students, LSAY
Research Report 51.