Evaluate and diagnose

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

During the evaluate and diagnose phase of the Improvement Cycle, schools:

  • assess their performance and progress against their current School Strategic Plan (SSP)
  • assess the results they have achieved, reviewing the monitoring of results in their school for the professional operation of the school and student outcomes
  • evaluate existing school improvement strategies and efforts for their impact and effectiveness, bringing challenge partners on board to help identify and diagnose the root cause of areas needing attention.

The school sets out to diagnose its performance against its SSP considering the enablers and barriers.

School self-evaluation

School self-evaluation involves identifying where a school is on its improvement and development journey and understanding the impact of its previous efforts. It provides schools with a process to collect data from diverse sources to inform action for improving student and professional learning, much the same as we use student data to identify a student's zone of proximal development. School reflection and self-evaluation helps identify what is working well, what needs to continue and which areas of the school's work may need to be improved or further developed. It informs decisions relating to priority-setting, initiatives, strategies and actions for improvement.

For more information and resources, see: school self-evaluation (edumail login and password required)

School reviews

As part of the Improvement Cycle, Victorian government schools undertake a peer review every four years, unless it is determined through a prioritisation process that a priority review is necessary. School peer and priority reviews provide an independent analysis of a school's performance against the goals and targets in their strategic plan and annual implementation plan. The formal review also evaluates the school's strengths and the impact of its improvement efforts.     For more information and resources, see: school review process (edumail login and password required)    

Annual reporting

Annual reporting informs parents and carers and the wider school community about the school's performance outcomes and its efforts to progress improved student achievement. The report also outlines the effectiveness of resource allocation throughout the year, as well as future directions for improvement. 

The Annual Report is a legislative and regulatory requirement under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and the National Education Agreement 2008  

For more information and resources, see: Annual Reporting.(edumail login and password required)