The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has today unveiled the new My School website which includes all the latest data on around 10,000 schools around the country.
The refresh has come following the Education Council’s agreement for ACARA to improve the My School website. ACARA has acted on this by reducing the content on the homepage and simplifying the layout of the site to make it easier for visitors to identify information important to them.
This information includes the latest data on the academic performance of Australian schools which is aimed at supporting and driving improvement across the nation.
ACARA CEO Robert Randall said the information provides beneficial insights for parents when choosing a school.
“For parents, the site provides valuable information to help them make informed decisions about their child’s education”.
Improvement is the word
With eight years of performance data sitting on the new My School website, ACARA has identified 79 schools that have posted above-average improvements in NAPLAN scores for the second year in a row.
Randall said the data showed gains across the country.
“There are signs of improvement across the country,” he said.
“The important thing is that there are schools across the country who are achieving this.
“It’s across the school sectors.”
One of the 79 schools on the top improvement list is St Mary-St Joseph Catholic Primary School in Sydney’s south-east. As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, teachers at this school use a multi-age class approach to learning, focusing on the individual needs of each child, and have seen significant improvements in their NAPLAN results in both reading and numeracy.
“We engage with every child, so that includes asking them about their favourite football team, what they did on the weekend or inquiring how their swimming lessons are going so that every students knows we are interested in them and what they do not just at school but outside too,” said the school’s principal, Pam Forde.
The My School website is regularly visited by educators looking for support in improving results. With the update to the site, we hope to see these improvements continue well into the future.