Frequently Asked Questions

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SPA stands for Student Performance Analyser. SPA is a secure web-based software tool designed and built for schools to analyse, display and communicate your assessment data.

It produces a number of sortable reports that allow you to interpret and monitor the progress of individual students, groups of students and whole school cohorts quickly and easily.

Along with other features, SPA instantly calculates how much value added learning is occurring, your students’ growth against the Australian Curriculum and colour-coded indications about where your students are performing against the curriculum.

Being online software, your staff can view and add data on any computer that is connected to the internet. There are no computer licence limits!

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By simply uploading your raw data into your SPA account, the SPA software instantly analyses and displays your data in various report formats for you. Allowing your staff to easily identify current student performance, long term school trends and how much “value added learning” is occurring in your school.

SPA is a powerful analysing tool. The programming that occurs within our software is highly complex but the interface and reports it produces are simple to use and easily understand.

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All our means come directly from ACARA. ACARA produce two means- the first one comes via their summary national report. This is the mean we use when we first release NAPLAN data to SPA around September each year. In around February the following year ACARA publish the final national and state means which will differ because of some further adjustments they make, SPA readjusts the means inside the software after the final report is produced.

Each state has been know to release their own NAPLAN state averages based on different statistical modelling. As NAPLAN is a national program administered by ACARA, we use their figures, not the state's figures. Secondly, ACARA treats outlier data more statistically correctly - a procedure which has national agreement and "smooths" the effect of having just a few too many or just a few too few students below national minimum standard.

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Available to all schools Available to Victorian Schools
  • NAPLAN test scale scores and answer keys
  • ACER tests and answer keys:
  • PAT-R
  • PAT-Maths/I can do maths
  • SWST
  • SA Spelling
  • Running Record text levels:
  • PM
  • Fountas & Pinnell
  • AlpaAssess Benchmarks
  • Teacher Judgment ‘report’ marks
  • OnDemand new AusVels adaptive tests
  • Maths Online Interview (MOI)
  • English Online
  • VCE achieved vs. predicted scores
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    SPA produces both summative and diagnostic reports. Use the summative reports to easily identify your schools overall performance.

    Single-Year Student Achievement Reports SPA produces colour coded bar graphs and tables that easily enable you to identify individual students working well below, above & at expected curriculum levels for all tests allowing your staff to pinpoint and target students’ learning.

    Growth Analysis Reports For all tests SPA matches cohorts of students together to produce data tables that enable you to view how much value your teachers are typically adding between tests. Compare mid-year and end-of-year results and monitor student growth over six-monthly or twelve-monthly periods.

    Trend Analysis Reports SPA uses your accumulated NAPLAN & ACER data to produce line graphs and tables that illustrate patterns or trends in your school's typical performance.

    Growth Trend Analysis Reports SPA matches cohorts of students together using your accumulated NAPLAN data to produce tables that illustrate patterns or trends regarding how much value your teachers are typically adding between tests over multiple years.

    **Results can be filtered by class, gender, and LBOTE or ATSI status in most cases. School means can easily be viewed & compared to national and/or state means where appropriate.

    Use the diagnostic reports to effortlessly identify student misconceptions, gaps in knowledge or curriculum delivery.

    SPA produces scatter graphs and tables that display individual and group results on each question from the NAPLAN and ACER tests. These Diagnostic Analysis reports enable your staff to take appropriate measures to support individual and/or groups of students in future teaching and learning. Two diagnostic reports are available:

    Item Analysis Reports For each question, the report shows the skill being assessed together with the number of students who answered correctly and how many students went for each of the incorrect answers.

    The Zone of Proximal Development Reports Shows each student’s response to each question where the questions are sorted from easiest to hardest and the students are sorted from highest to lowest test score thereby instantly identifying topics which the students are already familiar with (and, hence, only need a short revision) compared to topics for which particular groups of students need first-wave teaching.

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    Yes. SPA includes the facility to view all data held on any one student or class on one screen. Being able to view your data in this manner, helps teachers to make informed decisions when choosing student grades at the end of each semester or when choosing ability groupings throughout the year. There is also space provided for notes to be written about each individual student such as records of intervention, behaviour issues, etc..

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    The creative mind behind SPA is Philip Holmes-Smith. He is an experienced educational psychometrician, statistician and educator. Behind the interface of SPA, there is sophisticated statistically programming being computed to calculate how much value added learning is occurring, students’ growth against the Australian Curriculum and colour-coded indications about where your students are performing against the curriculum.

    Philip started his career as a math and science teacher. And for the last 16 years through his company SREAMS, he has been helping both primary and secondary teachers analyse, interpret and use performance data to inform their teaching and it is this practical experience that has informed the development of SPA.