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Reporting is the second, essential part of the assessment process. Without it, assessment loses most of its credibility. Reporting can be to one or multiple groups. In education, this can be the system, the school, its staff and in schools and other settings, students and their families.

There are multiple ways of doing this - regular, printed reports; documentary evidence; electronic reporting; personal meetings, more. Each has positives and negatives depending on the situation. Combinations of these may prove the best option. Promptness in reporting is an essential characteristic.

This page looks at reporting processes in all states & territories. Other Information covers software, aids such as rubrics and provides connection to databanks of report card comments. This page should be linked with the Assessment pages.

States & Territory Information

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

  • About the Common Grade Scale
    ‘The Common Grade Scale shown below can be used to report student achievement in both primary and junior secondary years in all NSW schools. The Common Grade Scale describes performance at each of five grade levels’. Now a common process around Australia as part of a national program.
  • Annual School Reports
    Information for schools, parents, FAQs, Helpline and more.
  • Grading and Reporting Student Achievement
    Information from the Board of Studies, referring to the A to E rankings.
  • School Based Student Reporting [SBSR] Software
    ‘Software to support the generation of student reports. The School Based Student Reporting software version 3.0 [SBSR3] is a web-based application. This software meets the Department’s requirements for reporting to parents. Version 3.1 will report student achievement on either an A-E scale or using word descriptors’. General information. Detailed information is only available through the Department’s Intranet. Access Flash Video Tutorials on using the software. Both video and a transcript of the contents.

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Northern Territory


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South Australia


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Western Australia

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Other Information

General Information

  • Principles and Protocols for Reporting on Schooling in Australia
    Agreed to by all Education Ministers in June 2009,
  • Reporting
    ‘ACARA will publish the National Report on Schooling in Australia from 2009 onward. This report will inform the Australian people on progress against the national goals for schooling and agreed national performance measures’.
  • School Report Cards
    “Review of the use of School Report Cards Internationally”. ‘ This review shows the variation in the use of Report Cards and the different features that are included’. Done by National Foundation for Educational Research in the UK. You can get a copy of the report here.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Report Card Comments

  • Check the Reporting Resources page for links to multiple examples of these, But also note the warning that accompanies the listing.

Reporting Software

Software and online packages available or used in Australia.

  • Accelerus - Reporting Just Got Easier
    ‘Accelerus is the new reporting software application for schools from Semaphore Consulting. Accelerus Features : Easy to use teacher interface; Fast processing of school reports; User-defined academic structure; Comment banks’ and much more. This is a newer, advanced version of Markbook listed below.
  • EasyReporter
    Links with OASIS.
  • Report Designer
    Australian reporting program. Free trial available. Program is fee-based.
  • Reports Online
    ‘Reports Online supports you in many areas of your teaching life by helping you to write your reports’. Cloud and desktop based. Relates to Australian Curriculum. individual and school plans.


Their creation, effective use of rubrics for assessment, more. For further information on Rubrics see the Reporting Resources page.

  • Guide to Scoring Rubrics
    ‘This article will explore in depth the different types of scoring rubrics, how to make one yourself, as well as an analysis into how scoring rubrics enhance learning’.
  • RubiStar
    ‘RubiStar is a free tool to help teachers create quality rubrics’. Find what a rubric is, view the tutorial. Register to gain full access.
  • Rubric Links
    If you wish to find more about rubrics, especially Language Area rubrics, this site has a collection of links to creating rubric information and to language rubric sites.
  • Rubrics for Web Lessons
    Information, links, demo software, examples, articles and guidelines for rubric creation.
  • Rubrics & Rubric Makers
    ‘The rubric makers will allow you to make grading rubrics by filling out a simple form. The materials are made instantly and can be printed directly from your computer’.
  • Rubric Generators
    Generators to create rubrics.
  • The Grading Master : a Simpler Way
    Grading Master. Linked to the Queensland New Basics Project.

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