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NAPLAN results show room for improvement

By Charlotte Harper - 3 August 2016 15


ACT Education Minister Shane Rattenbury says the Government will examine areas in which Territory students’ latest NAPLAN results are weaker than expected to help it direct efforts in schools towards helpings students reach their full potential.

The just-released NAPLAN 2016 summary information report provides preliminary data across five areas (reading, numeracy, spelling, grammar and punctuation and writing) for the nearly 19,000 students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 who participated in NAPLAN testing in May 2016.

The more detailed National Report, which will include results broken down by categories, is scheduled for release in December 2016.

The NAPLAN summary information ranked Canberra’s Year 9 students highest or equal highest in the country in all areas.

Students in Year 3 were ranked third behind Victoria and NSW in spelling and second behind Victoria for writing.

Year 5 students were ranked equal second behind Victoria on numeracy and writing, and third behind NSW and Victoria for spelling.

Year 7 writing ranked equal second behind Victoria.

Mr Rattenbury said that Canberra school students had maintained their overall strong performance.

“Canberra school students again performed well, and remain at the top or equal top for 14 out of the 20 domains,” he said.

“92% of all Canberra school students performed at or above the national minimum standard across all year groups and assessment domains with the exception of year 9 writing where 86% of students were at or above the national minimum standard.

“The data does show a few areas where we have not performed as strongly as we could have and this data will be useful to inform further work that can be done in schools to ensure the Canberra students continue to achieve their full potential.”

Shane Rattenbury

The Education Minister said NAPLAN was about driving improvement in schools.

“The data enables us to celebrate the success but to also identify areas for improvement,” he said.

“We will take this data and analyse it to identify areas that require further follow-up.”

He commended students on their efforts and thanked teachers for their dedication.

“I also acknowledge that NAPLAN is only one measure of performance and that ACT schools have many other indictors of student development and success,” he said.

Mr Rattenbury said the ACT was well advanced in preparations for the August 2016 NAPLAN online trial which would pave the way for implementation of NAPLAN online from 2017.

“Undertaking the NAPLAN test online is designed to provide better assessment, with more precise results and faster turnaround of information, and better meet the needs of all students, including those with a disability,” he said.

Schools will begin distributing student reports to families from Wednesday 17 August as well as providing access to their student results online.

File photo of Shane Rattenbury by Charlotte Harper, file photo of students taking a test from iStock

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I am a Rabbit™ 3:11 pm
04 Aug 16

Blen_Carmichael said :

The data at bottom of this shows how poorly Tuggeranong Schools are doing in comparison to the rest of Canberra. They basically fill the bottom places except for two Belco exceptions. The Primary Schools unfortunately follow the same pattern. Time for Shane Rattenbury and Andrew Barr to focus school funding, programs, effort & resourcing into the areas where education is going backwards not into the schools in their own electorates.

What are you on about? Schools in Tuggeranong get some of the highest amount of state & federal funding per student in the ACT. The issues with the poor education standard in Tuggeranong is self-inflicted because of the culture that has been entrenched there. The primary influence of academic performance is the home environment, and not that of the school. It’s true that there’s a brain drain in Tuggeranong (this isn’t just limited to schooling though), but it shouldn’t be surprising that people would rather send their children to north-side schools. The behavior of students in north suburbs is MUCH better.

I’ll use that list that you provided and display what the state & federal funding of schools in the ACT is like. I’m not going to get into expenditure, as that’s much more tricky to explain without a hundred-page report because so many factors influence that.

Melba Copland Secondary School – 20,898
Lanyon High School – 16,126
Wanniassa School – 19,878
Caroline Chisholm School – 17,135
Namadgi School – 16,574
Calwell – 15,852

Telopea Park School – 12,074
Lyneham High School – 13,429
Alfred Deakin High School – 13,799
Canberra High School – 14,850
Campbell High School – 16,114
Amaroo School – 11,794
Harrison School – 13,000

The problem with Tuggeranong schools is cultural in nature. Throwing more money at them isn’t going to fix anything.

bj_ACT 5:34 pm
04 Aug 16

Dear I am Rabbit, I hope you are pleased with yourself making these claims and generalisations about Tuggeranong students.

As for your funding claims to schools, you are misrepresenting the government funding to an area by linking it to individual school/student level dollars. Considering the government closed 3 primary and 3 pre-schools in Kambah alone to save money and also make a profit be selling off the land, I don’t know how you can simply apply the per student funding ratio. Your methodology doesn’t take into account a whole lot of other Government funding, programs and administrative factors that make up school costs and funding.

wildturkeycanoe 6:50 am
18 Aug 16

As I mentioned before, our youngest child was graded “C”s for their report card, even though we know he is at least a year ahead of his class mates. Naplan results are in and they speak for themselves, above band 6 [pretty much as good as you can get on the scale] for all English and mathematics testing. Writing was only in band 5 but still above both the school and national average. Now the dilemma is how to get them transferred to a school that will nourish this talent instead of letting it stagnate, while the teachers spend 99% of their time on the attention seeking dropouts in the bottom 10% of the class.
Unfortunately it doesn’t matter how good a school’s Naplan rating is because if you aren’t living in the catchment area, you cannot get your child into the overcrowded classrooms and for private schools, you have to have enrolled before you had even conceived the child.
If we had the ability to renew our mortgage, we’d even consider moving suburb to get a decent outcome for our son, but we are stuck in this lower class pool and have to wait three more years before the opportunity arises for him to get in to a place that encourages brilliant minds.

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