A couple of weeks ago parents of those children who sat the NAPLAN tests this year received their NAPLAN reports. I now have the initial data on how we compared to other schools. Keeping in mind that due to our small numbers the more important data for parents is their children’s relative again, but it is worth seeing how we compare. I also remind you that we had no children sit the Year 7 & 9 tests this year, so there is no data there. I am pleased to say that in regards to mean score, the Year 3s are ahead of most of the nation in all areas and the Year 5s are similar to the rest on the nation in all areas. In regards to having children scoring in the upper 2 bands (U2B), the Year 3s are once again ahead the nation and in most cases significantly so, but the Year 5s are only ahead of the nation in writing and similar to the nation in numeracy. The other areas we are behind national, but keep in mind what I said about our small numbers, it difficult to make fair judgements with so few children. In regards to the number of children at or above the national minimum standard (NMS), the Year 3s were yet again ahead of the nation and the Year5s were ahead in grammar and punctuation, the rest they were similar except for writing where they were behind. Overall this year was the best we performed compared to other school in the mean score and U2Bs, we just didn’t quite make the same success we had last year with the NMS, but still something to be proud of. Compared to where we were in 2008 with almost no green (above the nation) and lots of red (below the nation), it’s refreshing and heartening to only get one red in only one area in only one year level in mean score, U2B and NMS.
What can you do to help at home?
As I said when reports were sent home, celebrate our successes with your children and keep support your children and the school in your children’s academic development.