As the holder of student achievement data spanning three sectors and four levels, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) has a responsibility to provide these data to schools in ways that enable school staff to use them effectively and easily. With the discontinuation of the publication of school achievement indices, the VCAA was forced to confront a range of issues surrounding the question of which data belonged to the student, which was the property of the school, and which belonged to the general public. In 2002, a new balance was struck. A key component in this balance was the introduction of the VCE Data Service. The VCE Data Service is an online service that connects schools to the entire VCE data set going back to 1998, and provides them with the capacity to generate a range of analyses related to their own school, and how its results compare to those of other schools in the State, schools in the same sector (government, Catholic and Independent), and to schools in its Like School Group.
Rowley, Glenn and Congdon, Peter, "Data-driven school improvement through the VCE data service" (2005).