The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s (VCAA) Victorian Curriculum F-10: Revised Curriculum Planning and Reporting Guidelines provide advice for schools on the effective use of the curriculum to develop whole-school curriculum plans and report student learning achievement.
Victorian schools have the flexibility to determine the timing, frequency and format of reports in partnership with students, parents and the local community. A single common report format is no longer mandated.
Teachers will make informed, on-balance judgements against the Victorian Curriculum or the AusVELS standards.
In 2016 schools have the option to implement some or all of the new Victorian Curriculum F-10 or continue to use AusVELS including, in both curriculums, Towards Foundation Level for students with disabilities.
AusVELS will be archived at the end of December 2016. The Victorian Curriculum will be mandatory for schools from the beginning of 2017.
For access to the full guidelines, see: Victorian Curriculum F-10: Revised Curriculum Planning and Reporting Guidelines on VCAA Victorian Curriculum Foundation-10 (F-10)
All Victorian government schools are required to report on student achievement against the Victorian Curriculum or the AusVELS achievement standards for every student at least twice per year.
Student reports will be issued to parents and carers using a five point rating scale to show student progress and achievement at the time of reporting. The only exception to this is in specific instances of individual students where this has been determined by schools, in partnership with parents, to be unnecessary. Parents should also be offered the opportunity to participate in a parent-teacher conference to discuss their child’s progress.
Schools should ensure reports on student learning are clear, individualised and provide accurate information about student learning progress related to the Victorian Curriculum or AusVELS standards. In reporting student learning progress to parents, teachers and schools should clearly identify the areas of strength and areas for improvement for each individual student.
The current mandatory reporting requirements are available in the School Policy and Advisory Guide. See: Student Assessment and Reporting
Reporting against the achievement standards in 2016
In the Victorian Curriculum the achievement standards are structured in 11 levels for English and Mathematics and in five or six bands for all the other learning areas and capabilities including the Towards Foundation Level for students with disabilities.
In the AusVELS the achievement standards are structured in 11 levels. English, Mathematics and History have a standard at each level and the remaining domains are presented in bands. The Towards Foundation Level AusVELS for students with disabilities is also included.
Specific information for student reporting for curriculum areas:
English and Mathematics
Schools report student progress, twice yearly, against the age-related expected level of achievement for every student in every year. In English student achievement is reported against the modes and in Mathematics by each of the strands.
Schools report student progress against the age-related expected level of achievement for every student in every year in Science at least once a year. Reporting commences in Year 3 for Science or earlier if this is part of the teaching and learning program.
Health and Physical Education
Schools report on Physical Education twice yearly. Health is reported on whenever it is taught within the two year band, in accordance with the whole-school teaching and learning plan.
Foundation to Year 2
Schools report on English, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, The Arts and Personal and Social Capability.
Years 3 to 10
Schools report on student achievement in English, Mathematics and Physical Education twice a year, and Science at least once a year. Other learning areas are reported during each two year band of schooling in accordance with their whole school teaching and learning plan.
Victorian Curriculum and the AusVELS
See the following web pages and circulars for curriculum information.
Victorian Curriculum F-10
– the new curriculum for Victorian schools. It incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards.
– the prescribed curriculum content descriptions and achievement standards to be used by Victorian government and Catholic schools to plan, assess and report to parents. AusVELS will be archived at the end of 2016.
AusVELS Resources and Support
– information and resources to support the implementation of AusVELS including whole-school curriculum planning and reporting, implementation and professional learning.
– a document designed to assist teachers to navigate the AusVELS curriculum and to identify clearly the location of achievement standards within each domain. It has been designed to be used electronically.
Related support pages
- Requirements for Software Developers – specifications, test data and other relevant information for software developers so that they can meet the minimum mandatory requirements for producing student reports for Victorian government schools.
- Sample Student Reports – annotated sample student reports are being developed to illustrate approaches schools might take when reporting student progress and achievement in the Victorian Curriculum. These will be published during 2016 to support the mandatory implementation of the Victorian Curriculum in 2017.
Queries or feedback on student reports
For further information about the student reports or to provide feedback, email: firstname.lastname@example.org