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Reporting at the End of the Compulsory Years

Reporting at the End of the Compulsory Years

What is the purpose of internal (ie by schools) reporting in the compulsory years in your state/territory?
What is the purpose of external (ie by systems/Board/Council) if any reporting in the compulsory years in your state/territory?
What information is currently reported externally?
How is the information reported?
What agency is responsible for external reporting?

Queensland has introduced laws that make it compulsory for young people to stay at school until they finish Year 10 or turn 16, whichever comes first. These laws require young people to then participate in education and training for:

  • a further two years, or
  • until they gain a Queensland Certificate of Education, or
  • until they gain a Certificate III vocational qualification, or
  • until they turn 17.

The following information applies to reporting to the end of Year 10.

What is the purpose of internal (i.e. by schools) reporting in the compulsory years in Queensland?

Schools are required to provide parents/carers with plain-language reports twice a year that:

  • are readily understandable to those responsible for the student and give an accurate and objective assessment of the student’s progress and achievement
  • include an assessment of the student’s achievement against any available national standards
  • include, for learning areas studied, an assessment of the student’s achievement:
    • reported as A, B, C, D and E (or an equivalent five-point scale), clearly defined against specific learning standards
    • relative to the performance of the student’s peer group.

This ensures that students and their parents/carers receive a timely summary about achievement and progress. In most schools, this takes place at the end of each semester.

The main purpose of internal reporting is to provide information to students and parents/carers about student achievement and progress.

Students need regular, quality feedback on their achievement and progress to:

  • know what they have achieved in relation to the achievement standards
  • know specific areas in which they need to improve
  • make choices about their future learning goals. 

Parents/carers need regular reports to:

  • help understand how well their children are performing in relation to the learning expectations of the year level they have been taught
  • help them make choices about their child’s future learning goals.

What is the purpose of external (i.e. by systems/Board/Council) reporting in the compulsory years in your state/territory? (if any)

Schools report a range of data and information to their communities through their annual reports to enable parents/carers to gain a broader understanding of the learning environments and performance of schools.

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test results provide information on how students are performing in the areas of literacy and numeracy and support improvements in teaching and learning. The data from NAPLAN test results give schools and systems the ability to measure their students’ achievements against national minimum standards and student performance in other states and territories. The data also provide schools, states and territories with information about how education programs are working and which areas need to be prioritised for improvement.

The My School website provides statistical and contextual information about schools to help parents/carers to make informed decisions about their child’s education.

What information is currently reported externally?

School annual reports provide information relating to the school, its policies and a range of data about student outcomes.

NAPLAN test results provide information about what students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 know and have achieved in the areas of reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy, against the national average and the national minimum standards.

The My School website provides contextual information on all Australian schools, as well as nationally comparable data on students’ performance in literacy and numeracy, and the level and range of VET activities.

How is the information reported?

School annual reports are available on their websites.

Results of the NAPLAN tests are reported in a number of different ways.  These include individual student reports, class and school reports. A report of the national analysis of the NAPLAN results is also released to the public and reported on the My School website. NAPLAN results for all Queensland schools are also published on the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website on a school-by-school basis: http://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/617.html.

My School is an online tool that provides information (i.e. school profile, finances, NAPLAN results, VET courses) about all Australian schools in one location. Visit the My School website at: http://www.myschool.edu.au/.

What agency is responsible for external reporting?

Schools and schooling authorities are responsible for providing school annual reports.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority is responsible for student, class and school reporting of the NAPLAN results, and the school-by-school outcomes report.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) provides the NAPLAN national report and reporting on the My School website.

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