Review into Reporting to Families

What we have heard

The consultation phase of the Review was held from 12 October to 13 November 2020.

The below links are overviews of what we heard:

About the Review

We are undertaking a Review into Reporting to Families between July 2020 and March 2021.

School reports communicate to families their child’s learning progress and achievement.

The current arrangements for reporting to families have been in place since 2007. The Review will consider if these arrangements still meet learner and family needs.

The Review is underpinned by:

  • The development of the Department of Education (DoE) Assessment Strategy 2020-2023. One of the key actions being to undertake a Review into Reporting to Families.
  • DoE and the Australian Education Union committing to the Review as part of the current teachers’ award agreement.

In addition, innovations in technology are providing new possibilities for schools. This is transforming the ways families can engage in and support their child’s learning and wellbeing.

Review outputs

A Review Report will be submitted to the Department of Education Executive and the Minister for Education and Training by April 2021. The Report will include recommendations on:

  • Procedures for reporting student achievements and progress that are timely, efficient and manageable
  • Measures of progress and achievement to be included in reports
  • Frequency of formal reports to families
  • Format of formal reports to families
  • Relationship between formal reports and other ways of communicating and engaging with families.

To achieve these outputs the Review will:

  • Examine the purpose of reporting and whether current practice meets that purpose.
  • Explore how meaningful information about learning progress and achievement can best be provided. This will include investigating the effectiveness of A-E ratings against national standards.
  • Explore how learning progress and achievement can best be provided in a timely manner. Including investigation of the usefulness of twice-yearly reporting to families for this purpose.
  • Make recommendations that ensure clarity and consistency of approach across schools. At the same time enabling flexibility to suit local school contexts.
  • Make recommendations that reduce the reporting workload. This is to maximise teacher time for quality teaching and in-class assessment practices.

Review governance

The review will be overseen by a Steering Committee which will meet every six weeks.

The Deputy Secretary, Support and Development is the Chair of the Steering Committee. The Department of Education will provide secretariat support/Project Manager.

The Steering Committee will include the following members:

  • Deputy Secretary, Support and Development (Chair)
  • Deputy Secretary, Learning
  • Director, Curriculum Services (Project Manager)
  • AEU representative
  • TASSO representative
  • TPA representative
  • Director, Education Performance and Review
  • Principal Policy Analyst, Curriculum Services (Project Officer/Secretariat).

Further information

For more information refer to the Terms of Reference (PDF, 421KB) and the Review FAQs.


Ms Andrea Robertson – Principal Policy Analyst
Phone: (03) 6165 5778