Cohort Performance - Writing

About this report


Data Source: Best Start Year 7 assessment

Updated: Writing reports will be updated following completion of marking (mid-March)

Designed for

Teachers, Principals and school leaders can use this report to explore how the cohort has performed in the schools that participated in Best Start Year 7 for a given year for writing assessment.

Directors, Educational Leadership and Executive Directors can view all schools within their network.


How can I use this report?

The Cohort Performance – writing report will assist schools to students who may be in need of additional support. The summary data can be sliced by Stage to identify performance at Stages 2, 3, and 4 of the NSW English K-10 syllabus. Use of this report will support reporting against School Excellence Framework elements: Student performance measures and Data skills and use.

What should I look for?

The purpose of Best Start Year 7 is to identify students’ current strengths and areas of need. The Cohort Performance - writing report allows schools to get a high-level overview of the performance of students who participated in Best Start Year 7 including areas of greatest strength and areas for improvement for the selected cohort.

BSY7 - Writing Cohort Performance example
Image: BSY7 - Writing Cohort Performance example

Using the report

Select the results you want

The slicers at the top of the report allow you to select the results you want to be displayed.

The selection slicers
Image: The selection slicers

Step 1 is required for data to be shown in the report. Select a school

Check you have year you wish to view results for, e.g. Year 2021.

Step 2 is optional and allows for further refining by enrolment type, group type, student group, EAL/D, Gender and/or Aboriginality if you want to do so.

If you do not make any selections in Step 2, the report will continue to show all results available to you under each of these categories.

View the charts

Your selections will automatically be applied to all sections of the report.


This section of report will provide quick snapshot of writing cohort performance.

Number of students participated in the assessment, average writing score, max possible score of questions attempted by the selected cohort.

A horizontal bar chart displays the average cohort score by Area of Learning and a column bar chart displays Cohort results by criteria and stage.

An example of Summary
Image: An example of Summary

Note: Score 0 and 1 are combined together on column bar chart.

Question Details

This table displays all questions in the assessment and cohort’s score to each question along with area of learning, criteria, score, % at score, skill description, and syllabus outcome.

Clicking on a specific skill description will populate the progression level and progression description in the table next to question details.

An example of Question Details with Progression Level
Image: An example of Question Details with Progression Level

Note: A score may be missing for a criteria in table above when no student has shown skills to achieve it.

Student Responses by Criteria

This table displays a list of students of the selected cohort with scores achieved by writing criteria.

An example of student responses by criteria.
Image: An example of student responses by criteria.

Score by Criteria

A radar chart displays cohort scores by criteria (Text Structure, Paragraphs, Ideas and Elaboration, Vocabulary and Technical Language, Cohesion, Sentence structure, Punctuation and Spelling).

An example of radar chart by criteria
Image: An example of radar chart by criteria

Export data

You can download the results in this report for further analysis using the ‘More Options’ tab on the top right of some charts. Click on the three dots, or ellipsis, to bring up the menu, then select ‘Export data’.

Reset to default

If you wish to remove selections you have made and return to the initial view of the report, select ‘Reset to default’.

Reset to default
Image: Reset to default

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