The department is currently examining the Victorian Curriculum Mathematics 2.0 and the implications for student reporting in government schools. Advice for schools will be published on this policy and via a School Update when available.
This policy outlines school obligations relating to student reporting across Foundation to Level 10 (F–10) (including English as an Additional Language (EAL) students) to parents/carers and the department
- Schools are required to formally report student achievement and progress to parents/carers at least twice per school year for each student enrolled at the school.
- The report must be a written report (print or digital), be in an accessible form and be easy for parents/carers to understand.
- Schools must report directly against the .
- Both student achievement and progress must be included in the report. This means that for each curriculum area taught, the report includes:
- a teacher judgement(s)
- an indication of progress since the curriculum area was last reported on
- a five-point scale.
- Opportunities must be provided for parents/carers and students to discuss the school report with teachers and/or school leaders.
- The department does not prescribe a reporting format.
- Schools, in partnership with student and their parents/carers, may consider an alternative to a full report for students with an individual education plan.
- Schools must upload their student achievement data via twice yearly – by 30 June and 31 December each year.
- Student reports must be kept for identified time periods. In some cases, student reports are considered permanent records, which prohibits their disposal.
Requirements for student reporting in Victorian government schools are defined with reference to:
- the issued by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA)
- the issued by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
- departmental policies.
Reporting to parents/carers
Schools are required to formally report student achievement and progress to parents/carers at least twice per school year for each student enrolled at the school. The report must be:
- a written report (print or digital)
- in an accessible form, and
- easy for parents/carers to understand.
Both student achievement and progress must be included in the report.
This includes providing a teacher judgement against the achievement standards, assigned as a score, that accurately reflects where each student is along the relevant learning continuum for all curriculum areas taught during the reporting period.
Progress must also be shown since the last time each curriculum area was reported on.
A 5-point scale must also be used when reporting on student achievement and/or progress, noting that:
- this requirement cannot be met by using the existing levels of the curriculum
- at least an age-related 5-point scale is required for English, Mathematics and Science
- an age-related scale is not required for all other curriculum areas, including EAL, and for students with disability and/or additional needs. In these cases, another kind of five-point scale must be used (for example, a scale developed around learning goals, learning dimensions or expected progress)
- more than one scale may be used for the same learning area or capability. For example, Science may include a scale against learning goals as well as the required age-related scale.
The department does not prescribe a reporting format.
Opportunities must be provided for parents/carers and students to discuss the school report with teachers and/or school leaders.
Note, in the case of students with an individual education plan, there may be specific instances where a school decides in partnership with an individual student and their parents/carers that an alternative to a full report for that student is appropriate.
Reporting to the department
Schools must record data in the department’s specified format so that CASES21 can accept it.
There are 2 methods for recording data:
- an import/export process utilising commercial reporting software, or
- direct entry into CASES21.
If schools use commercial reporting software, they must ensure the vendor is compliant with the department’s specified format.
This data is used by the department to:
- automate some reporting processes for schools — for example, preparation of the performance summary in each school’s annual report to the school community, which is a statutory requirement for every school
- provide school improvement reports to school leaders so they can better understand student achievement and progress at the cohort levels and across the whole school — such reports can help inform school strategic planning and review
- identify characteristics and trends in data across schools that may need to be investigated or attended to by the department (for example, a sharp increase or decline in achievement at the highest levels in one or more learning areas).
Schools are required to create, manage and dispose of electronic and hardcopy public records – for example, student records, in accordance with the Public Records Act 1973 (Vic), standards issued by the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and policy and guidance issued by the department.
Student reports are records. In some case, they are considered permanent records, which prohibits their disposal.
For further information on records management in schools refer to . The (staff login required) in this topic provides information on common school records, including student reports, and their minimum retention periods.
The software component of the Computerised Administrative System Environment for Schools
English as an additional language (EAL) student
A student for whom English is an additional language (EAL) is a student who:
- comes from a language background other than English
- speaks a language other than English as their main language at home
- may or may not attract EAL index funding
Reviewed 05 September 2023