Value Added

The Value Added report displays information about learning growth of students in schools, after adjusting for the characteristics of the students, referred to as value-added.

This is a fair, reliable and accurate indication of school effectiveness that is widely used by schooling systems in Australia and internationally.

Executive directors and directors of public schools can view all schools within their network.

How will these reports benefit me?

The Value Added reports show the growth of student scores between each pair of assessment years, e.g. 3-5 or 9-12, after adjustment for the demographic characteristics of the students.

This can be very useful to gain an overview of changes in performance as it highlights any changes or differences in results over time and across schools.

What does the Value Added report provide?

This six-page report presents a series of scatter plots with error bars. Each chart displays the growth of student scores (based on NAPLAN and HSC assessments) between the selected years.

Best Start to NAPLAN 3 Value Added Across Years (K-3)

  • Displays the growth of student scores in the selected school between kindergarten and year 3.
  • Only primary and central schools can be selected.

NAPLAN Value Added Across Years (3-5)

  • Displays the growth of student scores in the selected school between years 3 and 5.
  • Only primary and central schools can be selected.

NAPLAN Value Added Across Years (5-7)

  • Displays the growth of student scores in the selected school between years 5 and 7.
  • Only primary and central schools can be selected.
  • Note that you can only view this data by selecting the primary school where the student sat the NAPLAN 5 assessment.

NAPLAN Value Added Across Years (7-9)

  • Displays the growth of student scores in the selected school between years 7 and 9.
  • Only high and central schools can be selected.

NAPLAN 9 to HSC Value Added Across Years (9-12)

  • Displays the growth of student scores in the selected school between years 9 and 12.
  • Year 9 data is based on NAPLAN and Year 12 data is based on HSC scores.
  • Only high and central schools can be selected.

Value Added Across Schools

  • Displays the growth of student scores across schools in the network between each pair of years.

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

Principals can use this report to assess value-add for their school and determine where to drill down for more information. It is important to consider the value added for the school in conjunction with other measures of student performance and growth found in Scout, internal measures within a school, and specific demographic characteristics of the school.

What should I look for?

  • In the VA Across Years reports, the black dot represents the average value added for that school in that year. The whiskers represent the range of confidence in the value added estimate for the school such that we are 95% confident that the true value added by the school is within that range. The horizontal line represents the average value added for all schools in the state.
  • In the VA Across Schools report, the average value added for a school is plotted on a chart to compare it to other schools in the network. The horizontal black line represents the average value added for all schools in the state.

Where does this data come from?

Best Start, NAPLAN, HSC. The Value Added calculation is performed by the Statistics Unit within CESE.

How frequently is data updated?

Annually

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