Scout overview

Scout is the Department of Education's data and analysis platform, developed to provide better information about our schools, easily accessed in one central place.

Key benefits

Scout brings vast amounts of data into one location, allowing users to view all information that is relevant to them at one time. It aggregates data for faster answers, simplifying data analysis.

Go from insight to informed actions

Scout supports evidence-based decisions that are outcomes focused. It allows school leaders to navigate rich data sources to inform planning and implementation, leading to ongoing improvement and school excellence. Teachers can use Scout to review and monitor their students’ assessment results, as well as student growth and performance trends.

Who can use Scout?

The reports in Scout are available to the following user groups.

These pages contain information about the type of reports available to you, how to gain access to Scout, and resources to help you use Scout effectively.

  • Principals and school leaders
  • Classroom teachers
  • Directors and corporate executives
  • Corporate and school SASS staff

What reports can I get from Scout?

Teachers can access reports relating to student performance, as well as data about the school community. This knowledge can help teachers to identify student strengths and areas for improvement, and better structure and plan their classes.

In addition to student performance reports, Scout provides directors, principals and school leadership teams with access to a wide range of school operations information, from asset management to school attendance, to assist with strategic planning and reporting processes.

See the full list of Scout Apps and Reports.

If you have a specific information need, it is possible to have more detailed reports developed. For information and advice, please contact Scout Support -
Phone: 1300 790 844 (Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pm)

Note: Scout replaced SMART in 2017. While SMART can be used to access historical data, from 2018 new data is only available in Scout.

Where does the data in Scout come from?

Scout draws data from a number of different areas both within and outside of the Department of Education. Internal sources include data about students and department employees as well as general school operations such as finance systems.

External sources include other NSW and national education bodies, and general demographic information from other government departments.

Scout training and capability development

All eligible staff will need to complete mandatory training before they can gain access to Scout.

Visit the Training and capability building page to find out about:

  • Scout beginner training for school leadership teams and teachers
  • Workshops tailored to your school to help you get the most out of Scout
  • Quick reference guides for using Scout
  • Webinars and videos on using specific Scout reports.

Visit out Registration and support page for Department and non-DoE schools support.

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