The ScR ATAR Results report provides information on school ATAR Results across schools in NSW.

This report is available only to The School Communications and Engagement unit (SCE).

How will this report benefit me?

SCE staff can view ATAR Results for a school, and trends such as increasing or decreasing ATAR rankings over time. Multiple schools within the same geographical area can be compared on the same chart.

Please note that we do not receive ATAR results for non-government schools, therefore they will not appear at this time.

What does the ScR ATAR Results report provide?

The following visualisations are available in this report:

Average ATAR by Year and School

  • This line chart displays the average ATAR for a school by year.
  • Select one or more schools and compare on the same chart.
  • 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.

School Average ATAR and Number of Students

  • This table displays ATAR Results in tabular format, as well as the number of students in each year.
  • The number of students can be used to compare

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 one or more schools to analyse:

  • School Name – Choose a school in this slicer first. This will select the local area to analyse.
  • School Distance Band Name – Choose one or more distance bands to view. Note that they are set up as concentric rings. To view all schools within 10km of the proximity school, you need to select both the 5km and 10km distance bands.
  • Selected School Name by Distance – Once the previous two slicers are set, all schools within the selected distance band and sector will appear in this slicer. Use this slicer to select or deselect schools to appear in the chart.
  • School Type – Use this slicer to select the type of school. Note that only secondary and central/community schools are in this slicer.
  • Gender

  • Aboriginality

  • EAL/D

What should I look for?

  • Schools with a significant upwards or downwards trend in average ATAR Results over the years.
  • A school that is significantly above or below other local schools.
  • 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.
  • 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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