The School Success Model details a range of ambitious targets for school planning.

In May 2022, the Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell announced changes to the School Excellence cycle to give schools extra time to get back on track after two and a half years of pandemic disruption.

Changes include:

  • Strategic Improvement Plans – each school’s Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) will be extended by one year
  • Targets – NAPLAN Top 2 Bands targets for reading and numeracy will remain for 2022 consistent with the Premier’s Priorities and will not be extended to 2023, however HSC, attendance and wellbeing targets that previously matured in 2022 will be moved to 2023. The introduction of phonics and pathways targets will also be delayed.
  • External validation – pause External Validation (EV) for scheduled schools until after 31 Dec 2022. Cohort B schools will not undertake external validation in 2022.

This will provide schools with more opportunities to benefit from support offerings under the School Success Model and the COVID Intensive Learning Support Program.

In addition to the targets outlined here, all Year 1 students will be required to undergo a compulsory Phonics Screening Check from 2021. Student wellbeing targets will be baselined in 2021.

Target area Department targets School targets


Increase public school students in top two NAPLAN bands for literacy and numeracy by 15%. (Premier’s Priority 2023)

Individual school targets in place from 2020.

Aboriginal Education

Increase Aboriginal students attaining the HSC while maintaining their cultural identity by 50%.
(Premier’s Priority 2023)

Individual school network targets in place from 2020 (percentage uplift). Individual school student uplift in place that underpins the network target.


Proportion of students’ HSC results in the top two achievement bands from 34.6% (2018) to 35.7% (2023).

Individual school targets in place from 2021.


Public school students attending school at least 90% of the time from 79.4% (2018) to 82% (2023) Primary and 64.5% (2018) to 70% (2023) Secondary.

Individual school targets in place from 2021.

Student growth (equity)

Public school students achieving expected growth in reading and numeracy from 62.3% (2018) to 66.4% (2023).

Individual school targets in place from 2021.


Recent school leavers participating in higher education, training or work from 89.6% (2018) to 91.6% (2023) and 93.6% (2028).

Students continuing to Year 12 from 73.9% (2018)
to 76.7%

A measure will be selected with a baseline established for each high school in 2022, and with targets set for every high school from 2023.

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