Self-assessment frequently asked questions
Self-assessment using the School Excellence Framework is a key component of the school planning and reporting cycle. Ongoing self-assessment supports school improvement by ensuring critical and timely assessment of achievement. It facilitates regular systematic reflection on progress and the impact of improvement strategies to sustain growth in student learning and whole school practice.
At reflection points (e.g. mid-year and annually) schools consider their achievements and progress using the domains of the School Excellence Framework. The Framework assists schools to make informed and consistent judgements and supports informed decision making.
For more information on this process, view the School Excellence policy.
Different kinds of data can reveal different things about the same program or project so it is important to use both qualitative and quantitative data and data from different sources. This can include both school-level data (i.e. internal surveys or classroom observations) and system-level data (i.e. NAPLAN or the HSC).
There are a few things to keep in mind when collecting and analysing your data, such as whether it is reliable and relevant. For more information about what to consider when using qualitative and quantitative data, please visit the guidelines for using data page.
For a list of possible data sources, please visit the sources of evidence page. There is also more detailed information about how you can use your Tell Them From Me results and Scout reports.
You are not required to include all the evidence you used for self-assessment in your external validation submission. A target of 7-10 carefully selected, robust sources of evidence should be sufficient to support your school's judgements across the 14 elements of the Framework. Keep in mind, a well-selected piece of evidence may be relevant to more than one element.
Each piece of evidence should be annotated and analysed to support your school's judgements and show how it links to the school plan and the SEF statement of excellence.
Once you have completed the self-assessment process, filling in the survey involves selecting the descriptors that apply to your school, and selecting the on-balance judgement for each of the 14 SEF elements. It should take no longer than 20 minutes.