Annual progress measures

Annual progress measures state the improvement your school is aiming for in each year of your Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP), in order to achieve the improvement measures in the expected year of the plan.

Annual progress measures:

  • show progression through to the fourth year of the plan
  • highlight the improvement your school is aiming for, for each year of the plan
  • are achievable in the one-year timeframe
  • are measurable against contextual qualitative or quantitative baseline data
  • are aligned with your initiatives.

For school-determined targets, the annual progress measures should be backward mapped from the improvement measures.

The annual progress measures for system-negotiated targets will need to be backward and forward mapped depending on their 'Achieve by year'.

Annual progress measures of school-determined targets


This example of the annual progress measures template in SPaRO, is for an improvement measure to be achieved in 2024, after 4 years of progress. This important measure is usually a school-determined target.

Image: Improvement measure to be achieved by 2024

In this example, a school is targeting several elements and specific themes from the School Excellence Framework for improvement. The improvement measure has been backward mapped from the fourth year of the plan.

Image: Progress measure improvement as measured by SEF


Annual progress measures of system-negotiated targets

System-negotiated targets will be articulated in the 'progress measures' section of the Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) for the appropriate year in which they are to be achieved. For the 'Achieve by year', see the system-negotiated targets table, which will be released shortly. Contact your DEL for further information.

System-negotiated targets are entered in the 'Improvement measures' field in SPaRO and the relevant 'Achieve by year' is selected from the drop down menu. Annual progress measures are backward and forward mapped accordingly.

The following example of the annual progress measures template in SPaRO, is for an improvement measure to be achieved by 2022, the second year of the Strategic Improvement Plan. A system-negotiated target has been populated from the strategic direction page.

Image: Improvement measure to be achieved by 2022

This example of the annual progress measures template, is for an improvement measure to be achieved by 2023, the third year of the Strategic Improvement Plan. A system-negotiated target has been populated from the strategic direction page.

Image: Improvement measure to be achieved by 2023

Example of 2 year system-negotiated target

In the following example, the Year 2 progress measure is a system-negotiated target that is expected to be achieved in 2022, the second year of this Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP).

2021 progress measure:
Year 1
2022 progress measure:
Year 2
2023 progress measure:
Year 3
2024 improvement measure:
Year 4
Improvement in the percentage of students achieving expected growth to be above the schools target baseline; in reading of 58.8% and numeracy of 56%. Improvement in the percentage of students achieving expected growth to be above the schools target lower bound; in reading of 63.5% and numeracy of 60.5%. Improvement in the percentage of students achieving expected growth to equal or better the upper bound schools target in reading of 68.5% and numeracy of 65.5% or the reset target baseline. Improvement in the percentage of students achieving expected growth to be above the school’s upper bound target in reading of 68.5% and numeracy of 65.5% or above the reset target lower bound.
Note: this has been backward mapped from the Year 2 target. Note: this system-negotiated target has been auto-populated from the 'Improvement measures' field.
Note: this has been forward mapped from the Year 2 target. Note: this has been forward mapped from the Year 2 target.

Note: this is a system-negotiated target.

The annual progress measures will be evaluated by your team at the end of the year to reflect on the impact of the initiatives and resources allocated. This will be auto-populated into the annual report. Find information on annual reflection at Ongoing self-assessment, evaluation and annual reflection.

Reflective questions

  • To what extent do the annual progress measures we have written effectively build progression towards the achievement of the improvement measures?
  • To what extent do our annual progress measures appropriately incorporate system-negotiated targets and school-determined targets?
  • How are our annual progress measures linked to the initiatives across the school?
  • How will we know if annual progress measures are successfully capturing what we set out to improve?
  • Will the evaluation of the annual progress measure reflect an improvement in teaching and learning?


Funding source table

Needs-based funding is the recurrent resourcing targeted to students and schools based on characteristics of demonstrated educational disadvantage, and provided to lift student learning outcomes. This includes funding distributed directly to schools, and other resourcing provided indirectly or centrally by the department.

Your school will monitor and report on the implementation of activities and resources relating to government funding initiatives by identifying funding sources in the Funding source table. The annual budget allocations for needs-based funding sources will be entered into the Funding source table. With this tool, you can easily monitor needs-based funding sources when linking activities to initiatives.

If your school receives budget adjustments during the year, you can amend the annual funding amount.

Graphic showing the funding source table in SPaRO
Image: Funding source table in SPaRO

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