Since the early nineties, government schools in the ACT have undertaken a review of operations in compliance with the Education Act applicable at that time. The ACT Education Act 2004, Section 24 continues to require the review of the operations of government schools at least every five years.
The School Improvement Framework calls for schools to set challenging standards and goals and document the growth toward their achievement. To evaluate the school’s process of self assessment of performance, the School Improvement Framework included the establishment of a rigorous, normative protocol for external validation of each school every three years.
The self assessment of performance in all aspects of schooling and the external validation process are intended to help the school determine and gauge its progress toward meeting departmental goals, assessing the quality of its programs, its staff, curriculum, students and administration, and assessing the school’s performance and its contribution to the advancement of the Department’s overall mission.