The results of the 2019 NAPLAN tests have been sent home to the parents of students in Year 7 and Year 9. These tests were conducted back in May this year, when the students in those years successfully completed the testing in an online environment.

The testing showed a number of positive results for many students in the 3 main disciplines of reading, writing and numeracy. In Year 9 writing, many students showed substantial growth and improvement of their writing since being tested back in Year 7. Similarly most of our students reached their expected growth in reading and numeracy, with the strongest growth in the bottom four of the 6 bands measured. Comparing performances over the last 5 years, it is clear that the girls in Year 9, have either out performed or performed at the level of “the state” and in comparison with students in statistically similar schools in reading and writing. The performance in numeracy has stayed above that of students in the state.
The data of course also points to a number of areas where resources and expertise need to be focussed to improve student performance. Students from a non English speaking background continue to need the support to improve their levels of literacy. It is clear that some of these students have great ability and motivation, but don’t always achieve consistently at this standard because of the challenges attached to language and reading for understanding.
The testing for Year 7 students occurs after they have only been in the College for 12 weeks, a time of transition into secondary school. For the last 2 years the girls have outperformed the students in similar schools and always outperformed their state counterparts in writing. Over the past 2 years the performance in reading has been much improved. This is more a reflection of the great work being done by the teachers in our feeder primary schools. The performance in numeracy is above that of “the state”.
The Year 7 data provides us with a baseline of data, which will allow us to target strategies for improvement into those areas identified by the NAPLAN data. Over the next few weeks the data will be further analysed and it will help inform class selection, teaching strategies, funding initiatives for 2020 and assessment for learning.
Gregg Conroy
Leader of Learning