VALID School Item Analysis

The School Item Analysis shows how the school has performed by VALID questions and compares this to SSSG and the state. This report is available to school-based teaching staff and network directors.

How will this report benefit me?

The report allows schools to analyse their VALID performance in each question of the assessment, and compare this to this to the SSSG and State. This can pinpoint strengths and/or gaps in the school’s teaching strategy, for example some questions may have been answered extremely well by the school, indicating a strength in the teaching of that topic.

Schools will be able to identify strength and weaknesses in specific aspects or questions and link them to the appropriate curriculum sections.

What does the report provide?

This three page report presents a chart on the first page, and multiple tables on the second and third pages.

Chart (Page 1)
Percentage Correct

  • Stacked bar charts shows the selected school’s percentage correct compared to SSSG and state.
  • When grouping by syllabus, note that the number of questions will appear to be doubled as one question in VALID maps to 2 syllabus codes.
  • Hover over a data point to view data details.

Use the slicers provided to make selections and further analyse the data:

  • Directorate, Network, School
  • Question level
  • Content Strand
  • Syllabus
  • VALID Assessment (6, 8, 10)
  • Aspect – Knowing and Understanding, Planning Designing and Conducting, Problem
  • Enrolment Type Group
  • Gender
  • Aboriginal
  • EAL/D

Tables (Page 2)
Question List - School, SSSG and State

  • This table displays each question in the assessment.
  • The description shown is not the actual question text, but the outcome expected of that question.
  • The question level is shown. Higher levels are more difficult. More difficult questions are less likely to have been answered correctly. The level assigned to a question indicates that students who achieved at that level for their overall score and above, would have been expected to get this question right.
  • The % correct for the school, SSSG and State are shown, along with difference the school has achieved compared with SSSG and State.
  • Click on a single question in the table to view details for that question in the other tables.

Question Details

  • This table displays details for an individual question, as selected in the Question List table.
  • The actual question text is shown, as well as a more detailed expected outcome, the continuum and syllabus.
  • Links to the task (scanned) and stimulus link are provided.

Response Details

  • This table displays details for the responses to the individual question selected above.
  • For multiple choice questions, each potential response is shown with a flag showing which response is correct.
  • For text response questions, the correct response is shown.
  • The % distribution of responses is shown for the school, SSSG and state.
  • Distractor analysis is included where this has been provided by the data owner.

Chart and Table (Page 3)

Extended Response

This page includes 2 tables and a chart with all tasks, possible scores and distribution of scores in the school compared with SSSG and state.

Table – Extended Responses

  • The table lists the task, all possible scores, description of what each score means and the percentage of students receiving the score by school, SSSG and state.
  • The difference of the school percentage to SSSG and state is calculated.
  • Links are provided to the relevant Question scan and stimulus.
  • Click on a score in the table to view details of syllabus areas.

Table – Syllabus

  • This table shows syllabus areas accomplished to achieve the selected score


  • The cluster bar chart displays each score and the distribution of the score in the school, SSSG and State.

Additional slicer:

  • Extended Response options to filter to the task you wish to view.

How can I use the report to support my school self-assessment?

This report can support schools to understand the effectiveness of teaching strategies at the school level. It will assist schools with the Assessment and Reporting, Student Performance Measures, Effective Classroom Practice and Data Skills and Use elements of the SEF.

What should I look for?

  • Questions where there is a large difference in performance between the school and the state. These may point to gaps in the teaching strategy for that topic.
  • Where available, the latest four years of VALID data is provided. This allows teachers to analyse their current students’ responses in the prior VALID assessment.

Where does this data come from?


How frequently is data updated?


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