I am so proud of our students and teachers!
Although we don’t go into league tables and school comparisons, we do give a lot of credence to our annual NAPLAN results. The main reason for this is that the data that is made available to schools about what students did or did not do in the tests are invaluable to us to inform our planning;
- Which students need more help and in what areas?
- Which students need to be extended and further challenged and in what areas?
- What areas aren’t our students doing well at and how can we improve the way we do things?
So we use the NAPLAN data to inform and improve our practice. Whilst we acknowledge that the tests are done on one day of the year and have reliability issues (due to sicknesses or lack of attendance for some students) we read the data they generate with appropriate skepticism; Is this what we were expecting, roughly? If results for a particular student are too different from what we were expecting, we disregard them. In other words, we control what is useful from our improvement – we don’t disregard the data due to minor reliability issues.
The following tables reveal how successful the use of student data has been for us this year. Our teachers have been diligently learning how to interpret it, discuss what it means, and make necessary changes to their teaching if students aren’t improving in the ways we expect them all to.
Below reveals school improvements since 2015 (note there were some decreases but these were very insignificant – national averages remain fairly constant from year to year).
Please note that out of a total of 20 measures (four tests in each of five areas) our results as a school have increased in 12, and seven of these increases were significant! These results are outstanding and we have much to celebrate!
Please join with me in congratulating our wonderful teachers who work so hard! Remember, an improved result in Year 7 for example, are the result of the hard work of teachers and students in Year 5, 6 and 7. Similarly, outstanding results in Year 3 are the results of teachers and educators in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Pre-Primary, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3! Every teacher is responsible and deserves our thanks.
Thank you for all your support as we make these improvements and continue to strive for excellence in our teaching and learning programs.
Director Teaching and Learning