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This archive contains the names of students who achieved scores of 40 or above in VCE subjects in 1998 and between 2000 and 2012. The data (all publicly available) is from the Herald Sun (2012) and The Age (2011) newspapers.
The data has been sorted into the following forms:
Estimated scaled scores are listed in addition to raw scores.
If you have VCE-related data that you think should be included in the archive, or if you notice any particularly egregious errors, please contact me.
Most lists have two versions - one labelled 'Sorted by Highest Scores' and the other labelled 'Sorted by Total Scores'. The first ordering method ranks a single score of 50 above two scores of 49, while the second method does the opposite.
Do not read too much into the rankings shown here. School populations are not taken into account, so large schools have an inherent advantage, and of course not all students opt to have their scores published. Furthermore, the scores are not scaled (a raw score of 40 in Business Management is not equivalent to a raw score of 40 in Latin). Certain official statistics (such as the percentage of study scores of 40 or above for each school) can be found at the VCAA website.
Sometimes two (or more) students from a given school will share the same name. Unfortunately, this means that their results will be combined in the archive. I know of two such occurrences (one in 2007 and one in 2009), but there may well be more.
Some schools seem to have multiple associated names in the Herald Sun's data. For example, there are students listed in 2009 from both 'Haileybury Girls College Keysborough' and 'Zhaileybury Girls College Keysborough' (the latter being an incorrect spelling). This can result in some students having their scores split in the archive.
The school names present in the data from 2002 are inconsistent. I am gradually going through the data and cleaning it up, so it might be fixed one day.
Added online version of the archive.
Added 2012 data. The Herald Sun published scores prematurely this year.
Added 2011 data.
Added scaling data for 1998 and 2000-2004.
Added 2010 school data.
The Herald Sun decided to publish school names for 2010. Thanks to everyone who contacted them encouraging them to release this data.
Added 2010 data.
Unfortunately, school names were not published online this year, so the usefulness of this archive is somewhat diminished. The Herald Sun has this year created an interactive search feature for the VCE data, which I recommend using (while it is still online): you can search by surname and by subject.
Even so, this year's update brings some improvements:
Updated 2009 data to include the subject 'Music Group Performance', which was missing from the Herald Sun's website this year. Thanks to kat148 for painstakingly typing the names out from the paper.
Added 2009 data.
Someone very kindly sent me the data from 1998 and 2000-2005 (it was not published online in 1999). I've sorted through it and included it in the archive. With 10 years' worth of data, the collection is now quite comprehensive.
Other changes include:
Regrettably the school names in the 2002 data are messy (lots of schools have several listings with slightly different names). Consider this a known issue (I can't see how it can be fixed easily).
Initial version uploaded to this page. Includes 2006-2008 data.
I appreciate feedback, so feel free to contact me. If you find any errors in the archive or think something is missing, I'd like to know. If you have a useful VCE-related resource, forward it on and I might include it on this page.
This file contains the source code of the program used to create the lists found in the archive, and the raw data used as input (that is, the data taken from the Herald Sun's website). The program is written in C# and is contained in a Visual Studio 2010 solution.