National data collection and reporting
ACARA is responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and reporting statistical and related information about educational outcomes.
This includes the development of national key performance measures for reporting the performance of Australian schooling. ACARA has developed and education ministers have approved the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia 2010, which lists and defines these measures for the 2010 and 2011 reporting years and the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia 2012, which lists revised measures for reporting from the 2012 reporting year.
ACARA publishes the annual National Report on Schooling in Australia on behalf of the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC).
The report specifically addresses education ministers’ Commitment to Action in the eight interrelated areas identified in the Melbourne Declaration by summarising national initiatives and achievements in terms of these areas. It also reports on the nationally agreed key performance measures for student achievement, participation and attainment and provides statistics on school and staff numbers as well as student enrolments, attendance, progression, achievement and attainment.
ACARA is also responsible for collecting data from schools for the purpose of accountability and reporting, research and analysis, and resource allocation. Information on individual schools was published for the first time on the My School
website on 28 January 2010.
The latest update of My School was released on 5 March 2014. The expanded and updated version of the site provides parents and the community with information about NAPLAN performance as well as information about school finances and school communities. To read more about My School
, visit the 'My School' page if the ACARA website
ACARA also publishes the national reports for the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and the National Assessment Program sample assessments. These reports can be viewed on the National Assessment Program
For the reporting of student outcomes data, the collection of nationally comparable student background data is required. As agreed by education ministers, ACARA has developed the Data Standards Manual: Student Background Characteristics
to provide information to assist schools and school systems to collect consistent student background information from parents.
From the 2014 year onwards, nationally comparable student attendance data will be collected, as set out in the National Standards for Student Attendance Data Reporting
. All jurisdictions and sectors have agreed to provide student attendance data that comply with these standards, with the non-government sectors (independent and Catholic schools) to comply with these standards from 2013 onwards; government schools in all jurisdictions except NSW, from 2014; and NSW government schools from 2015.