Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 400. Updated Tuesday, 11 March 2014

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New mapping function on My School site

An updated version of the My School website has been released by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

A new feature of this year's My School website is a mapping function, which allows site visitors to view the school's location as well as other local schools on the same map.

ACARA has also improved the calculation of the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA).

The new version contains updated information on all schools across Australia.

It allows educators, parents and the wider community to make comparisons between schools.

My School presents a detailed profile on all schools, including results from the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).

ACARA releases updated version

Chairman of ACARA, Professor Barry McGaw, believes My School provides an opportunity for everyone to learn more about Australian schools and for Australian schools to learn more from each other.

"The 2014 update of My School builds on the past four years of sharing information with the Australian public about the performance and resources of more than 9,500 schools throughout the country," Professor McGaw said.

"Over the last year, ACARA has worked closely with its partners and independent experts to make ICSEA school values more representative and stable over time."

ICSEA is calculated using family background information.

"Research shows that student educational outcomes are closely linked to family background factors, such as parent education level and occupation," he said.

"The value of ICSEA is that it enables fair comparisons to be made among schools with students from similar levels of socio-educational advantage.

"Differences among those schools are due to what the schools do and not the families from which the students come," he said.

To view the My School website go to this PS News link.

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