AsP ATAR Results

The AsP ATAR Results report provides information on student ATAR Results across schools in NSW, grouped by cluster.

This report is available only to Asset Planners in the Planning and Demography unit.

How will this report benefit me?

Asset Planners can view ATAR Results for a cluster and its schools, and trends such as increasing or decreasing ATAR Results over time.  All schools in the same cluster can be compared on the same chart.

Please note that we do not receive ATAR results for non-government schools.

What does the ATAR Results report provide?

The following visualisations are available in this report:

School vs Cluster and State

  • This line chart displays ATAR Results by year.
  • Select a single school to compare that school’s results to the cluster and state average. Deselect all schools to view the cluster against the state average only.
  • Note that the school ATAR has been calculated as the average ATAR for all students enrolled at the school, where the school is their “home” school.  If a student completed additional subjects at a different school (e.g. a foreign language not offered at their home school), their ATAR will not be included in the second school, only their home school.

All Schools in Cluster

  • This line chart displays ATAR Results by year for individual schools in the cluster, AND non-government schools based within the cluster boundary.
  • Compare all schools in the cluster on the same chart.
  • Use the School name filter to select individual schools to compare against each other.
  • Hover over any data point to see the average ATAR for that school and year, and the number of students who received an ATAR in that year.

ATAR is a ranking that indicates a student’s position relative to the other students who commenced year 7 with them. It is based on an aggregate of scaled marks in the student’s best 2 units of English and best 8 units of other subjects.

A student’s ATAR can be between 0 and 99.95. The average ATAR is around 70 each year. This is because all students who commenced Year 7 together are ranked together. The students who completed the HSC are deemed to be a stronger cohort than the students who dropped out before completing Year 12.  The students who dropped out are still ranked based on an estimate of what they would have obtained, had they proceeded to do the HSC.

Note that the average ATAR of 70 is for all students in NSW including those in non-government schools.  The average ATAR shown in this report is for students in government schools only (as we do not receive ATARs for non-government schools) so it may be lower or higher than 70 depending on the strength of the government cohort in the selected year.

Please refer to the following (external) website for more information.

Use the following slicers to select a cluster and analyse the data:


Use this slicer to select a cluster to analyse. You can scroll to find the cluster you need, or use the search bar at the top of the slicer.


  • To improve report loading times, this slicer will default to the first secondary cluster in the list.
  • You can only select one cluster at a time in this report.
  • This slicer controls both charts. The cluster and schools displayed in the charts will change based on the cluster selected.
  • This slicer controls both the School Name slicers. The schools available in the School Name slicer will be government schools in the cluster.

School Name

  • There are 2 School Name slicers, one for each chart.  Once a cluster is selected, all schools in the cluster and sector will appear in these slicers.
  • The slicers work independently of each other. Use the top slicer to select a single school to compare against the cluster and state. Use the bottom slicer to select multiple schools to compare against each other.

What should I look for?

  • Clusters or schools with a significant upwards or downwards trend in average ATAR Results over the years.
  • A school that is significantly above or below the rest of the cluster.
  • Note that record suppression is in place for any schools where there were less than 5 students undertaking the HSC in any given year. This will affect the data for schools with low numbers of students, e.g. rural and remote schools. It will appear that there is no data for that school and year combination.  This was required by the data steward for the purpose of approving the use of this data.
  • No record suppression was done at the cluster level, only the school level.
  • Note that average ATAR may not be an accurate representation of the school, where low numbers of students have completed the HSC and obtained an ATAR. For example a school with less than 10 students in each year, may have wildly fluctuating average ATARs from year to year. This could be due to differences in the student cohorts, rather than any teaching strategies at the school. Please review the ATAR results in conjunction with the number of students in each year to interpret these results appropriately.

Where does this data come from?

  • ATAR

How frequently is data updated?

  • ATAR Results are updated annually after they are released in January.

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