Today, the My School website has been updated, providing up-to-date, readily accessible information about all of Australia’s schools.
For educators, the website allows for the sharing of information about school achievements with the aim of supporting and driving improvement across the nation.
For parents, My School provides a wealth of valuable information to help make informed decisions about their child’s education.
“My School is a very popular website, with 1.4 million user sessions last year,” said ACARA’s CEO, Robert Randall.
“While NAPLAN tests only sample what students learn during the year, and schools are more than their NAPLAN results, the information provided on My School is a valuable source of information for parents and educators.
“My School helps support and drive improvement across Australia’s schools and allows the reasons for those achievements to be shared with others,” said Mr Randall.
“The focus of My School is on enabling fair comparisons between schools. It is not about league tables or ranking, or about which schools scored the highest on NAPLAN.”
My School contains quality data that allow for comparison of results between schools with students from similar socio-educational backgrounds, using a special index (ICSEA) developed by ACARA.
The index of community socio-educational Aadvantage (ICSEA) is the level of educational advantage of a school’s students, calculated using information about parents’ occupation and education, school geographical location and the proportion of Indigenous students a school caters for. A school's ICSEA value represents the average educational advantage of the school’s students.
The 2017 My School update contains: