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Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO)

The FISO is currently being redesigned to set out the core elements that realise the goals of excellence and equity through developing the learning and wellbeing of every student. Please contact fiso@education.vic.gov.au with any questions or feedback. The redesigned FISO will be released at the beginning of Term 4 2021.

Policy

This policy sets out the requirement for schools to implement the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes.  

Summary

  • Schools implement the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO), the continuous improvement framework for all Victorian government schools.
  • Guidance to implement the FISO, including links to tools and resources, is available under the Resources tab.

Details

The FISO, a key Education State reform initiative, was introduced in 2015 for all Victorian government schools. The FISO is an evidence-based framework designed to focus schools’ improvement efforts on priorities proven to have the greatest impact on student outcomes.

The FISO encompasses three elements. The first of these is the FISO Model, which provides a common language for school improvement across the Victorian government system. It is structured around four state-wide priorities proven to have the greatest impact on student outcomes.  

The Model also includes the FISO Continua of Practice (the Continua) that supports schools to self-evaluate and sustain a climate of continuous improvement. Schools use the Continua to support learning from one another through networks and communities of practice, sharing effective leadership, learning and teaching practices. The Continua was refined in 2020 to better support schools to self-evaluate, identify improvement needs and prioritise actions for future planning.

The second element is the FISO Improvement Cycle, which supports schools to focus with greater precision on better outcomes for students by guiding schools through an effective inquiry process. It can be used at different levels, from whole-school to the classroom, and over different time periods.

The third element is the FISO Improvement Measures, which include the Differentiated School Performance Method (DSPM). The Improvement Measures inform the school’s ongoing monitoring and evaluation of progress of practice and performance against the goals, targets and key improvement strategies of a school’s strategic plan.

FISO is aligned with and informs all of the elements of school improvement. This includes the:

  • differentiated school review model, including the Pre-review Self-evaluation
  • School Strategic Plan
  • Annual Implementation Plan 
  • Annual Report to the School Community

Allocation of school resources is also guided by the FISO to ensure alignment with the school’s identified improvement priorities. This includes equity funding, workforce allocation and professional learning activities; and Department programs, resources and tools. 

Implementation of the FISO at the whole school level is guided by the Strategic Planning Online Tool (SPOT). In addition to integrating all school improvement planning documentation online, SPOT helps schools to regularly monitor the progress of their improvement journey.

Department policy setting out the requirement for schools to implement the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes

Reviewed 07 September 2021

Policy last updated

30 July 2021

Scope

  • Schools

Contact

School Improvement Design Unit

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