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
Overview, changes to accommodate the Australian curriculum, Y10 Reporting, The new report [A-E], exemptions for this report type, and A Guide for Parents and Carers.
- Reporting on Student Achievement & Progress Policy
New South Wales
- About the Common Grade Scale
‘Report[ing] student achievement in both primary and junior secondary years in all NSW schools. Describes performance at each of five grade levels’. Reporting using grades : questions and answers for teachers is a related page.
- Annual School Reports
Information for schools, parents, FAQs, Helpline, more.
- Principles for Assessment and Reporting in NSW Government Schools
- Introduction to School Based
Student Reporting [SBSR] Software
‘A web-based application’. Overview, principles, Primary, Secondary, support, templates, FAQs, contact details, more. Access Video Tutorials on using the software.
- AVETMISS Reporting
‘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
Includes information on A to E Reporting.
- Reporting School Performance Information
- 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. Of greater value may be the video link at the top, right of the page.
- School Annual Report
‘Schools are required to provide a School Annual Report to their community’. Read the Policy and Guidelines here.
Linked to both school and student reporting.
- Assessment and Reporting of Student Achievement Policy
Catholic Schools and Pre-Schools.
- Reporting on Australian Curriculum
Guidelines for DECD Schools
The site is part of the Reporting Guidelines section. There are links to other documents and resources.
- Effective Feedback
A 2007 article about assessment and reporting that is still relevant.
- Student Report
Other documents cover Frequently Asked Questions and a New Student Reports at a Glance brochure.
- Report Exemplars
The latest version of these.
- Assessment and
‘Sets out requirements that will inform departmental, school and classroom assessment and reporting practices’.
- Assessment and
‘Sets out the procedures established to support the Assessment and Reporting Policy’.
- Reporting to Parents
One school’s example under Tasmanian procedures.
- Tasmania’s Department of
Education Annual Reports
Access reports for several years as well as other documents.
Student Report Cards
Explanatory brochure for parents.
- Parent-Teacher Conferences
How do I prepare ?, Hints, link to a Canadian document for a parental viewpoint.
- Report Cards [Primary]
There is a similar page for Secondary Schools.
- Reporting Student Assessment
- Staying Informed
Reports, interviews, newsletters, more.
- Tips for Writing Report
Advice listed under 7 headings. Designed to ‘help teachers write clear, concise and meaningful comments by focusing on avoiding unnecessary information, jargon and other specialist terms’. Linked to a page on Writing Reports.
- Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Policy
Download a Copy here.
- Reporting to Parents
Includes the following :
- National Data Collection and Reporting
‘ACARA is responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and reporting statistical and related information about educational outcomes’.
- Principles and Protocols for Reporting on Schooling in Australia
All Education Ministers agreed to these in June 2009.
- School Report Cards
“Review of the use of School Report Cards Internationally”. ‘Shows the variation in the use of Report Cards and the different features that are included’. 2009, NFER, UK.
- Ask an Expert
: Improving Parent-Teacher Interviews
Dr Linda Cameron. Roles for both partners at the interview. Canada.
- But What
Do I Say ?
2009, Benjamin Dotger; Mara Sapon-Shevin. ‘Teachers are far more likely to find the right words in sensitive parent-teacher conferences when they’ve had a chance to rehearse’.
- Guide to Parent-Teacher
A collection of articles and resources from Scholastic.
- Helpful Hints for Parent
All the basics. Parents and Friends Tasmania.
- New Teacher Survival Guide : The
10 minute video. Check supporting materials listed on the right hand side.
- Parent Conference
‘Ideas used by successful teachers to reap maximum benefit’. Also check their Parent-Teacher Conference Resources.
Conference Tip Sheets
Harvard Family Research Project. Has tip sheets for principals, teachers, parents.
Interviews, Helpful Hints
NT Council of Government Schools Organisation. Well presented.
- Parent Teacher Meetings
Primarily done for parents. Short but sensible presentation.
- Parent-Teacher Meeting Videos
Listing of YouTube videos covering different aspects of this topic.
- Seven Ideas for Meaningful Parent-Teacher Conferences
A blog entry that tells it like it should be, but often is.
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. 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.
Their creation, effective use of rubrics for assessment, more. For further information on Rubrics see the Reporting Resources page.
- Guide to Scoring Rubrics
‘Explore in depth the different types of scoring rubrics, how to make one, as well as an analysis into how scoring rubrics enhance learning’.
‘A free tool to help teachers create quality rubrics’. Register to gain full access.
- Rubric Links
This site has a collection of links to creating rubric information and to language rubric sites.
Multiple videos covering all aspects. Select those you consider provide value for you.
- Rubrics & Rubric Makers
Links to rubrics by category, rubric tools, printable rubric collections, learn all about rubrics [links], more.