Writing Student Performance – All

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 student 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 writing student performance 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 writing student performance report allows schools to get a detailed level overview of the student performance who has participated in Best Start Year 7 including areas of greatest strength and areas for improvement.

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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.

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

Check you have the correct year 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.

Step 3 is required to select a student to generate the report for. By default, the first student on the list will be selected.

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 the report will provide a quick snapshot of writing student performance.

Name of the student with SRN participated in the assessment, achieved score, max possible score, duration in minutes of questions attempted with BSY7 assessment year, and name of school where assessment was taken by the selected student.

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Note: Students with non-attempts are excluded from this report. Whereas a student score may be ‘0’ due to insufficient skills.

Student Results by Criteria

A multi-column chart displays student score by criteria in the order (Punctuation, Spelling, Text structure, Cohesion, Ideas and elaboration, Sentence structure, Vocabulary and technical language, Paragraphs).

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Response by Criteria

This table displays student’s performance by each writing criterion, Skills Description, Score, Progression Level, Progression Description and Syllabus Outcome

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Highlight and hover

You can click on a particular region of the chart to cross-highlight similar information throughout the rest of the display.

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Hover over any segment of the graph will bring up a brief summary with Writing Rubric, Stage, Score, and Max Score.

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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’.

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