Principal Raffaela Galati-Brown said that by letting students pursue their interests, they become more interested in subjects such as math and science.
“They find their place because they are here with other people who are passionate about the same things.
Recognize schools that are improving
The Schools that Excel interactive brings together detailed results from Victorian Government, Independent and Catholic schools.
age collected VCE results data going back 10 years for every high school in the state and turned it into an easy-to-use dashboard to show how each has fared over the past decade, which its graduates do after finishing, and more.
What can I learn from this interactive?
The interactive allows you to assess a school’s VCE performance over 10 years, so you can see if it has improved or maintained its results over time.
When VCE results are released in December, only the current year’s numbers are provided. This information is useful, but it tells you nothing about how representative the results are of typical school performance. Pulling together data from the past decade, a much clearer picture emerges.
You can also see how students enrolled in VET or VCAL programs are doing and whether they are continuing their vocational training or apprenticeship. Not all schools cater to students who are primarily looking for a place at university, and the Schools that Excel dashboard reflects this.
What does the dashboard show?
Information about each school is divided into several panels. Here is a guide to interpreting the data:
Average student performance shows the median VCE subject study score for the school since 2012, which is a good indicator of typical student achievement. The study scores are out of 50, and 30 is the average. The horizontal line at 30 on the graph is the measure that shows how the typical student at that school fares compared to the state average.
Unfortunately, the interactive does not show median ATARs because this data is not available for the last decade for each school.
Very efficient shows the percentage of the school’s VCE subject scores that were among the best in the state. These are scores of 40 or more, which places students in the top 10% of all who have completed this VCE subject. This panel also shows the subjects in which students achieved the best results.
Completion rate shows the number of enrollments in VCE, VET and VCAL over the past five years, as well as satisfactory completion rates among 12th graders. Unfortunately, no data has been released on VET completion rates in 2021, which is highlighted in the interactive.
Student pathways shows what 2020 Year 12 graduates were doing in the middle of last year – whether they had gone on to college or TAFE, or had taken up an apprenticeship or joined the workforce. This panel will not display if a high percentage of a school’s Grade 12 graduates did not complete the survey. Survey results have not yet been released for 2021 graduates, so 2020 is the latest year for which data is available.
School awards shows the 10 high earning schools that age judged to have shown the greatest improvement in their results over the past decade.
Which schools are featured in the dashboard?
The interactive dashboard features data on over 500 Victorian schools that offered VCE, VET or VCAL programs in 2020.
It also includes schools that have been classified by the VCAA as “small” for having enrollments below a certain threshold. A dialog box will appear in the interactive if you enter the name of a small school to note that its performance may not be comparable to that of larger schools and that it may not be possible to observe a trend of results over the 10-year period. If a school has few students, this means that the median can fluctuate significantly from year to year depending on the cohort.
Unfortunately, schools with insufficient data, schools that exclusively offer the International Baccalaureate, and adult education institutions do not appear in the interactive.
There could also be data gaps for years where student enrollment has not reached a certain threshold.
How were the schools awarded by Excel chosen?
We used Department of Health boundaries to categorize schools as metropolitan or regional and divided the metropolitan area into West, North, East and South Melbourne.
One government school and one non-government school (Catholic or independent) were chosen for each area based on their improvement results.
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