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
- ACT Student
Covers Plain English reporting, common reporting scale, Frequently Asked Questions for Parents and PDF format sample reports from Kindergarten to Year 12.
- Reporting on Student
Achievement & Progress
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
‘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.
- AVETMISS Reporting
‘Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard [AVETMISS] is a nationally consistent standard for the collection and analysis of Vocational Education Training [VET] information throughout Australia’.
- NTCE Reporting and Certification
- Reporting Against NAPLAN Standards
- Reporting Guidelines
Also has information on A to E Grades On School Reports.
- Reporting School Performance Information
Covers multiple areas.
- SAMS Curriculum e-Tool
This covers the A-Reporting component.
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- Guidelines for Reporting
Also available as a PDF download
- P-12 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting
Includes links to policy statements on all these areas plus FAQs, supporting information, more.
Brief statement and links to specific aspects. Note the link to the video at the top, right of the page.
- School Annual Report
‘Schools are required to provide a School Annual Report to their community. The School Annual Report must appear on the school’s website, and be published in one other format’.
Education Queensland has an emphasis on this process.
- DECD Assessment and Reporting
Operational Guidelines for R-10 Schools
Another document covering DECD Assessment and Reporting Operational Guidelines for Preschools and Schools is also available. These two sites are part of the Reporting Guidelines section. This also has links to other documents and resources.
One of a series of articles about assessment and reporting.
- New SA Student Report
There are also documents covering Frequently Asked Questions and a New Student Reports in SA at a Glance, brochure.
- Report Exemplars
This is the 2013 version for this area.
- SACSA Achievement System
One aspect allows recording of achievement which is then ‘attached’ to the student for future reference. Software program.
- Assessment and
‘This policy document sets out requirements that will inform departmental, school and classroom assessment and reporting practices, in schools and colleges K-12.’.
- Assessment and
‘This document sets out the procedures established to support the Assessment and Reporting Policy.’.
- Reporting to Parents
Recommendations have been implemented. This document provides information regarding the procedure.
- Tasmania’s Department of
Education Annual Reports
Provides access to several years of reporting as well as access to other documents.
the Student Report Cards
Brochure for parents to download.
- Parent-Teacher Conferences
‘Tips for getting the most out of parent-teacher conferences’.
- Report Cards [Primary]
There is also a separate page for Secondary Schools.
- Staying Informed
Covers multiple aspects including reports, meetings and more.
- Writing Guide for Student Report
Covers what are seen as the essentials, writing comments for each section/subject, previews of sample reports and writing checklist.
Well presented !
- Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Policy
Download a PDF Copy here.
- Reporting to Parents
Information about the software being used to report school achievement from Years 1 to 12. Information and support materials in four areas - Primary School Reporting, Secondary School Reporting, Senior School Reporting, EAL/D Reporting and Special Education Needs reporting. There are also samples and templates available from the menu on the right.
- Principles and Protocols for Reporting
on Schooling in Australia
Agreed to by all Education Ministers in June 2009,
‘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.
- Ask an Expert
: Improving Parent-Teacher Interviews
Offering for both of the partners in this kind of interview. Canadian site.
- But What
Do I Say ?
‘Teachers are far more likely to find the right words in sensitive parent-teacher conferences when they’ve had a chance to rehearse’. Article from ASCD, Educational Leadership.
- Effective Parent-Teacher
Designed for teachers and goes from preparation to conclusion. Done through Happy Child.
- Helpful Hints for Parent
Brief but covers all the basics. From Parents and Friends Tasmania.
- Meeting With the Parents
‘Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences’. American article concentrating on the roles of leaders and staff.
- Parent Conference
‘Here are some ideas used by successful teachers to reap the maximum benefit from parent-teacher conferences’.
- Parent Teacher
‘Tips for Effective Conferences’. Also has links to other articles, organisers, more. From About.
- Parent Teacher Meetings
Primarily done for parents. Short but sensible presentation.
- Parent Teacher Meeting Videos
Extensive listing of short videos, many from YouTube, covering different aspects of this topic.
- Preparing for a Parent-Teacher
‘A Teacher’s Checklist for a Successful Parent Meeting’. Step-by-step information.
Report Card Comments
- Check the Reporting Resources page for links to multiple examples of these, But also note the warning that accompanies the listing.
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.
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 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.