The Gallup Student Poll surveyed 7,300 students from years five to 12 in 31 schools across the country in an online census last September.
The results showed students became less enthusiastic about school over time, dropping 19 percentage points from year five to 12 and falling to its lowest point in year 10.
Gallup's Peggy Jasperson said year 10 was a big transition year and "there's a drop in engagement due to the increased demands of school over time".
Student levels of engagement
- Year 5 - 69 pc
- Year 6 - 68 pc
- Year 7 - 65 pc
- Year 8 - 55 pc
- Year 9 - 54 pc
- Year 10 - 47 pc
- Year 11 - 58 pc
- Year 12 - 50 pc
Students' levels of hope, wellbeing and engagement
- 48 pc hopeful about future
- 37 pc stuck
- 15 pc discouraged
- 32 pc believe they will get a good job
- 32 pc feel they received recognition/praise for good school work.