The School Data Tool (SDT) is a web-based tool which provides schools with data to support decision making and school improvement. The tool is a measure to bridge the gap between previous annual data reports and a future business intelligence tool. The SDT provides point-in-time data which is pulled together from multiple sources, analysed and delivered to users in a variety of formats. Data is available in three areas: school context, student engagement and student performance.
School Data Tool - Data Sets Available
|School snapshot||School Context||Student Engagement||Student Performance||Staff|
The data in the tool in point-in-time based (it is not ‘live’ data) and it is updated periodically according to the times listed in the SDT Data Update Schedule (163kb). The data is aggregated at school level, so instead of individual student records, averages or sums for a school and/or academic year level are given.
Metadata is available for each of the data sets in the SDT. Metadata contains a description of the data, the analysis methods used, statements on data quality and limitation of use (where relevant) and contact details for data custodians.
Who can use the SDT?
Access to the SDT is available to school principals, deputy principals (or a nominated delegate), network leaders and select Education Support Office staff. Schools are allocated two free accounts and combined schools are allocated three. Schools can purchase additional licences if required.
How do I get access to the SDT?
Eligible staff who would like access to the SDT should email Trish Ghirardello (mailto:Trish.Ghirardello@act.gov.au) in Analytics & Evaluation branch stating your role, reason for requiring access to the SDT and (if school based) that your Principal has requested that you be given access.
SDT training sessions are designed to support school principals and deputy principals (or delegates) access data for their schools. Enrolments are taken through the Professional Learning and Events Calendar or can be run on request. Sessions are 1.5 hours in length and are conducted in the training rooms at HBCTL. Please contact Trish Ghirardello (mailto:Trish.Ghirardello@act.gov.au) to request a training session.
Access to the SDT is available to school principals, deputy principals (or nominated delegate), network leaders and selected Education Support Office staff. Schools are allocated two accounts each, with combined schools allocated three. Schools can purchase additional licences if required.
To safeguard the information available from the tool users are asked to agree to restrictions on use and publication of information. Records of user access are maintained for the same purpose. Staff are reminded that access to the SDT is restricted to the named user only.
School Data Tool URL
SDT User Guides
- Quick Reference Guide 01: Start the Tool (249kb)
- Quick Reference Guide 02: Navigation Toolbar (188kb)
- Quick Reference Guide 03: Selecting (262kb)
- Quick Reference Guide 04: Chart and Table Toolbar (168kb)
- Quick Reference Guide 05: Printing a Chart (383kb)
- Quick Reference Guide 06: Typical Layout (194kb)
- Quick Reference Guide 07: School Snapshot (257kb)
- Quick Reference Guide 08: Download Survey Reports (836kb)
- Quick Reference Guide 09: Download AEDC School Profiles (1.2Mb)
SDT Data Information
- SDT data listing (192kb)
- SDT data comparators (193kb)
- SDT data aggregations (205kb)
- SDT data update schedule (163kb)