I received this letter from the CEO of ACARA, the body that administers NAPLAN, at the end of last term.
He is referring to our school results for 2018. Here are some quotes:
"I am pleased to advise that ACARA has identified your school as having demonstrated substantially above average gain in reading and/or numeracy achievement, as measured by NAPLAN."
"On behalf of ACARA, I would like to extend my congratulations to you and your school community on this achievement. Improvement in student literacy and/or numeracy of this magnitude, as measured by NAPLAN, is significant and worthy of highlighting and acknowledging."
"We will provide this information to media so leaders in schools with above average gain can talk about how they achieved these gains, and thereby enable other schools to learn from them."
This is such encouraging news. I have attached a fact sheet from ACARA that further explains the significance of these results. Student gain is essentially how students personally improve throughout the years, and in my opinion, is the best indicator of the effect of teaching and learning with regards to NAPLAN. This achievement effectively puts us in the top sixth of schools, in terms of gain, across the nation for these 2018 results; cause for congratulations indeed.
This is still one test on one day and not the only element of considering a good school.
Still, it is a great encouragement and reflection that the work we are doing together at MCC is effective. The core of our college rests on these principles.
Our staff collaborate and work together effectively in teams where their professionalism and capacity consistently develops. They work hard and well and encourage one another.
Our students are given hope and equal access to the curriculum through the language of a growth mindset. We do not use assessment to stream or limit students, but to find where they stand in order to bring them to the next stage in their development.
We value our students and give them a voice; this builds their confidence and resilience to engage with new tasks and enables them to be effective as they move into their future.
This letter and these results are simply an aspect that reflects the work of our teachers and students and the support that you give us is worthy of congratulations.
Mr Rod McNeill