Data for schools

Data for schools

AEDC data can help schools plan for the needs of children arriving at school and provide a catalyst to assist schools to develop productive relationships with providers of early childhood services in their community.

AEDC data is reported through School Profiles and School Summaries to eligible schools that participated in the collection.

School Profiles and School Summaries

AEDC School Profiles and Summaries contain information about children in their first year of full time school, measured by the Australian version of the Early Development Instrument and results for the five key areas of development (also known as AEDC domains) are reported at the individual school level.

Results include details about the number and percentage of children considered to be developmentally vulnerable, at risk or on track on each of the five AEDC domains for which an instrument was completed. School Profiles provide in-depth information about the cohort of children captured in the AEDC data collection for a school in a single year (2009, 2012, 2015 and/or 2018).

School Summaries provide an overview of trend data for all collection cycles in which a school has participated.

To preserve confidentiality, schools with fewer than six children participating in the AEDC will have not been provided with a School Profile. However, results for these children will be included in Community Profiles and the National Report.

Accessing the School Profile and School Summary

School Profiles and School Summaries are made available to school principals after each collection. School principals are notified via email with instructions on how to log in to the AEDC secure website to download their School Profile and School Summaries.

School Profiles and School Summaries from the 2015 AEDC collection are now available. 

Principals requiring help to access a copy of their 2015 AEDC School Profile and/or Summary can contact the AEDC Help Desk or your State or Territory AEDC Coordinator.

How can schools use the data?

School Profiles and School Summaries are available to the school principal of each participating school. It is recommended that schools do not publicly release their School Profiles or Summaries (e.g. place them on the school website or post them to parents). 

However, schools may choose to share and discuss their AEDC results with key stakeholders within their school community. These stakeholders include:

  • school staff
  • early years teachers
  • early years partnerships
  • early childhood service providers
  • local secondary schools
  • local government
  • school community (e.g. school council)
  • school principal networks/clusters

Schools are encouraged to view School Profiles and School Summaries alongside community and national level AEDC results to contextualize school results in the broader context of changes shaping early childhood development in Australia. To view data at the community and national level, in a report, as tables, maps or graphs see the AEDC Data Explorer.  

The AEDC website has a range of additional resources to assist schools to use AEDC data in their planning. 

Resources available for schools include:

Your State or Territory AEDC Coordinator is available to offer valuable insight and state-level knowledge to assist you to understand your school results. 

There are several important things to consider when reading and interpreting the results in your School Profile and School Summary:

  • The results do not identify individual children.
  • AEDC results should only be used for analysis at the group level as the Australian version of the Early Development Instrument has not been validated for use with individual children.
  • In some cases, schools may not have results for all domains. This will occur if there were insufficient questions answered on a particular domain during data collection.