Purpose of this topic
To support schools in developing school-based policies and procedures so that appropriate assessment reports can be provided to the school, parents/carers or the community.
The following information describes the types of student assessment reports that are either produced or used by schools.
Student Report Cards for parents are confidential documents that schools produce twice a year to:
- provide parents with a clear picture of their child’s progress and how they compare to others within the school and state
- report student achievement in Years Prep to 10. The only exception to this is where schools offer programs for students with disabilities.
Note: When parents receive a report card twice a year they are also invited to a parent-teacher interview to discuss their child’s progress.
Important: Schools need to design curriculum, assess and report student progress against the AusVELS.
National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses all students in Years 3,5,7 and 9 each year using common tests in reading, writing and language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. These test results are used by:
- students and parents to discuss achievements and progress with teachers
- teachers to identify students who require greater challenges or additional support
- schools to identify strengths and weaknesses in teaching programs and set goals in literacy and numeracy
- school systems to review programs and support offered to schools.
Victorian Government School Performance Summary aims to provide parents a clear overview of how government schools are performing in Victoria. Each performance summary provides:
- overall results of students and how the school compares with other Victorian government schools (taking into account its student intake)
- student outcome results for the latest school year, as well as the last four years (when available) as well as a detailed breakdown of the areas that were measured
- school comparison data to other schools, that identifies whether a school (taking into account its students) is performing higher than, lower than, or broadly similar to other schools.
Each school also provides a ‘What Our School Is Doing’ statement, which provides context for the data contained in each school’s performance summary and outlines the school's achievements and plans for the future.
Schools also need to prepare an Annual Report to inform parents and the wider school community of the school's successes, activities and achievements throughout the year see: School Accountability and Improvement Framework.
Note: To access the performance summaries and school annual reports see: Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) State Register.
National reports indicate the performance of student cohorts as a whole against agreed national standards and targets as well as informing the design and implementation of improvement strategies by the education system see:
Schools may use the English Online Interview system to generate a wide range of reports related to AusVELS (at student, class and school levels) or level diagnostic reports. These reports can improve a student's learning by providing data to inform teacher planning, reporting and resource allocation.
Note: At the start of each year all Prep students are assessed using the English Online interview (this assessment is optional for Year 1 and Year 2 students). The interview is a one-on-one session between the teacher and student with the teacher recording the responses in an online system. This interview assesses student against all modes of English AusVELS (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening).
See: English Online Interview. This resource:
- is accessible by all Prep to Year 2 teachers in Victorian government schools during a defined 4 week period at the start of each year
- contains a wide range of support materials for administering the interview.
For more information: