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Recognising schools that improve

The Schools that Excel interactive brings together detailed results from Victorian government, independent and Catholic schools.

The Age has gathered VCE results data going back 10 years for every secondary school in the state and turned it into an easy-to-use dashboardto show how each one fared over the past decade, what its graduates do after finishing, and more.

What can I learn from this interactive?

The interactive lets you gauge a school’s VCE performance over 10 years, so you can see whether it has improved or maintained its results over time.

Ivanhoe Girls Grammar principal Deborah Priest with year 12 students Margo Joseph (left) and Greta Fuhr.

Ivanhoe Girls Grammar principal Deborah Priest with year 12 students Margo Joseph (left) and Greta Fuhr.Credit:Eddie Jim

When VCE results are released in December, only the current year’s figures are provided. That information is useful, but it doesn’t tell you anything about how representative the results are of the school’s typical performance. By threading together data from the past decade, a much clearer picture emerges.

You can also see how students enrolled in VET or VCAL programs fare and whether they continue on to vocational education or apprenticeships. Not all schools cater to students who are predominantly after a place at university, and the Schools that Excel dashboard reflects this.

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What does the dashboard show?

The information about each school is divided into multiple 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. Study scores are out of 50, and a 30 is the average. The horizontal line at 30 on the graph is the yardstick that shows how the typical student at this school fares against the statewide average.

Unfortunately, the interactive does not show median ATARs because this data is not available for the past decade for each school.

High achievers shows the percentage of the school’s VCE subject scores that were among the best in the state. These are scores of 40 or above, which put students within the top 10 per cent of all those who completed that VCE subject. This panel also shows the subjects in which students obtained the best results.

Completion rates shows the enrolment numbers in VCE, VET and VCAL over the past five years, as well as the satisfactory completion rates among year 12s. Unfortunately, data was not released on VET completion rates in 2021, which is highlighted in the interactive.

Kerang Technical High School students Kate Heffer, Ryan Jardine, Tanner Treacy and Rylee Gitsham (left to right) in the school’s engineering workshop.

Kerang Technical High School students Kate Heffer, Ryan Jardine, Tanner Treacy and Rylee Gitsham (left to right) in the school’s engineering workshop.Credit:Jason South

Student pathways shows what 2020’s year 12 graduates were doing midway through last year – whether they had gone on to further study at university or TAFE, or whether they had taken on an apprenticeship or joined the workforce. This panel does not show up if a high percentage of a school’s year 12 graduates did not complete the survey. The survey results have not yet been published for 2021’s graduates, so 2020 is the latest year for which data is available.

School awards shows the 10 high-gain schools that The Age judged as having shown the best improvement in their results over the past decade.

Which schools are featured in the dashboard?

The interactive dashboard features data on more than 500 Victorian schools that offered VCE, VET or VCAL programs in 2020.

It also includes schools that were classified by the VCAA as “small” for having enrolments below a certain threshold. A dialogue box will pop up in the interactive if you enter the name of a small school to flag that its performance may not be comparable with larger schools and that it may not be possible to observe a trend in results over the 10-year time frame. If a school has few students, it means the median can fluctuate greatly year-on-year depending on the cohort.

Templestowe College is one of this year’s award winners. L-R: Abbas Khan, Jasmine King, Kiannah Dower, Peter Ellis (principal), Bonnie-Mai Smith, Ethan Pearce, Samuel Yoannidis, Megan Hanel, Jeremy Green.

Templestowe College is one of this year’s award winners. L-R: Abbas Khan, Jasmine King, Kiannah Dower, Peter Ellis (principal), Bonnie-Mai Smith, Ethan Pearce, Samuel Yoannidis, Megan Hanel, Jeremy Green.Credit:Joe Armao

Unfortunately, schools for which there is insufficient data, schools that exclusively offer the International Baccalaureate and adult education institutions do not show up in the interactive.

There might also be gaps in the data for years in which student enrolments did not reach a certain threshold.

How were the Schools that Excel awards decided?

We used Department of Health boundaries to categorise schools as metropolitan or regional and divided the metropolitan region into west, north, east and south Melbourne.

One government school and one non-government (Catholic or independent) school was chosen for each area based on their records of improvement.

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