• Schools use a range of data and performance reporting products to inform school improvement and planning, for example, annual implementation plans, and improve teaching and learning.
  • The department uses Differentiated School Performance Groups (performance group) to inform how it undertakes school reviews and supports schools’ improvement processes. The 5 performance groups are:
    • transform
    • stretch
    • influence
    • renew
    • recharge.
  • Schools will usually receive a school performance report towards the end of the year.
  • In 2021 the methodology for performance groups was refined in one domain: the ‘school climate’ domain now includes the instructional leadership factor from the School Staff Survey.
  • Support is available to help schools interpret and use school data most effectively.


School performance reports

For more information about school performance groups, performance reports and benchmark growth, refer to the Guidance tab.


PanoramaExternal Link (staff login required) is home to a school's performance data. Panorama supports a school to identify school strengths and potential areas for improvement.

The Panorama site provides a list of Frequently asked questionsExternal Link (staff login required) about the features of the site and available data.

Data available on Panorama

Panorama provides a school's information and data through its dashboards and reports. Information on Panorama includes:

  • enrolments and projections
  • teacher judgement
  • PAT achievement
  • English Online Interview
  • VCE achievement
  • average and chronic absences
  • student, staff and parent/carer opinions
  • similar school comparisons (dashboards and supplementary school reports).

Accessing Panorama

The dashboards and reports are available using the main icons on the PanoramaExternal Link homepage.

Panorama dashboards and reports are available to principals. Principals can delegate access to dashboards to staff within their school.

Further information on accessing and delegating access are available on the Panorama support pageExternal Link (staff login required).

If staff members access Panorama regularly, add it as an application in My workspaceExternal Link (staff login required).

Data use

The department encourages the sharing of performance information within the school community. This includes school staff, students, councils and key stakeholders.

The information provided through Panorama is intended to support detailed and structured conversations on school improvement and aid ongoing monitoring, understanding and planning. Staff members must take all necessary precautions to prevent unauthorised access to, or copying of, Panorama information.

The department's senior education improvement leaders (SEILs) and EILs use the data from Panorama to help guide discussions with schools. They can also provide insight into practices at high performing similar schools that feature in Panorama dashboards and supplementary school reports.

Data support

To assist with navigating PanoramaExternal Link dashboards, identifying key features and reading the various charts and tables, support materials, such as further information sheets, hover text and videos, are available.

Schools can also email with questions about data shown in Panorama dashboards and reports.

Department advice to schools on the use of data and performance reporting products to inform school improvement and planning, including information on school performance reports, Panorama and more

Reviewed 09 May 2024

Policy last updated

7 May 2024


  • Schools


Policy Strategy and Performance Performance and Evaluation Division

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