Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA)

Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage as normally reference as ICSEA is created for following purpose as described by Myschool. This is often thrown around various of sites and news but mostly without a detailed explanation on what it is and what does it mean.

The index of community socio-educational advantage (ICSEA) was created by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) specifically to enable meaningful comparisons of National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test achievement by students in schools across Australia.

As shown above, the ICSEA for school is made up by only following four factor.

  1. Parents’ Occupation
  2. Parents’ Education
  3. Geographical Location
  4. Proportion of Indigenous Students

The previous version of ICSEA use to use the census data and this is no longer the case. Another important thing to note is that income is not part of equation in calculating the score. Neither is the wealth of the school be taken into account when calculating the score. What this means is that ICSEA may not be such a good score to measure general social economical advantage between schools as some might traditionally think.

It maybe even the case that wealth of the parents have little affect on student’s academic performance, I will have to do more research and to see if there are existing study on this in Australia.

6 thoughts on “Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA)”

  1. How much difference does a few points on the scale actually make? For eg a school with a score of 1122 and a school with a score of 1081?

    1. Hi Matt,

      You cannot really directly compare schools like this, but higher ICSEA score does represent in general the school in question will also perform better academically as well. However, when comparing two specific schools with the above respective ICSEA score, then there can very little difference in academic performance. I did a quick check of a tiny data set of three pairs of schools around 1081 to 1122 ICSEA score. The difference in academic performance is only around 1.4 to 3 per cent. So these are small enough that I personally would not worry about it.

        1. Hi Anna,

          Yes, it is based on the NAPLAN results. There will not be an update for ranking next year because 2020’s NAPLAN has been cancelled.

  2. Hi, is the ICSEA scores available only for state schools or do private schools participate in this?

    Thank you.

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