ACARA Update extra, 5 March 2015
My School updated for 2015
Today, the My School website has been updated with the latest 2015 data, including the results from the 2014 National Assessment Program – literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.
ACARA’s Chair, Professor Barry McGaw, says: “My School contains a set of quality data that schools, teachers, parents and the wider community can use to help ensure that every child in every classroom receives a high quality education”.
Professor McGaw says that My School allows for fair comparisons to be made between schools with similar students.
“My School allows for comparisons of results from schools with students from similar socio-educational backgrounds using the index of community socio-educational advantage (ICSEA) scale. ICSEA enables fair comparisons to be made between schools with similar students,” says Professor McGaw.
ICSEA is the level of the school’s educational advantage and is calculated using information about parents’ occupation, parents’ education, school geographical location and the proportion of Indigenous students at the school. A school’s ICSEA value represents the level of the educational advantage of the school's students. ACARA has developed an infographic explaining ICSEA in plain English (PDF 395 kb) .
The 2015 My School release contains:
the latest (2014) profile and population data on each school
outcomes from the 2014 round of NAPLAN testing
seven years of performance data for comparison
student attendance data based on Indigenous status
a refreshed look and feel
the latest financial figures on each school, including capital expenditure and sources of funding.
See the updated My School website.
The value of the My School website was reiterated in recent research undertaken by Colmar Brunton, which has also been released today by ACARA.