Only half, or slightly more than half, the students in Small Island States are cheerful, have good days, and look forward to the next day most of the time. Many students are regularly experiencing positive well-being but a substantial proportion are not. Also, a substantial proportion of students are frequently experiencing challenges to well-being, such as feeling hungry, tired, upset, or not having enough friends.
In most comparisons, student performance was not associated with well-being. The one exception was numeracy performance at year six level. Year six students who performed better in numeracy tended to have better well-being scores than year six students who did not perform as well.
Regardless of whether well-being is associated with student performance in any way, the identified well-being challenges need to be addressed.