Students impress in 2017 NAPLAN

SCHOOLS across Australia have received their results from the recent NAPLAN testing, and our local students can all hold their heads high.

Many of the schools across the area achieved outstanding results in the yearly test, one which covers reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation and maths.

The annual assessment is undertaken by students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and tests the types of skills essential for every child to progress through school and life.

Among the impressive results to come out of the testing was that all students tested at Moonie State School were graded above the National Minimum Standard (NMS) in all five disciplinesand every Year 3 student at Condamine State School was above the NMS is writing, spelling and maths.

About 92% of Dalby Christian College students in all four years were above the NMS in all five disciplines, while the same can be said of students in Years 3 and 5 at Dalby State school.

Year 3 students at Dalby South State School also performed brilliantly, with all of them being over the NMS in reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation and maths.

One of the standout schools in the area was Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, which had more than 90% of students in the four years score above the NMS in nearly every discipline.

OLSCC principal John Hegarty was pleased with the results but knows the NAPLAN isn't the be all and end all.

"There's always room for improvement,” Mr Hegarty said.

"We're pleased with the students' successes but we aren't getting complacent.

"NAPLAN is important and we look at the results and see where we can do better but, more particularly, we are very conscious of what our teachers are observing in the classroom across the whole year; not on just three days.”

Mr Hegarty believes if a school concentrates on following the curriculum as a whole, and not emphasising NAPLAN related topics, it will pay dividends.

"If the school is drilling students about NAPLAN, I can understand students being stressed but, if the school works on delivering the curriculum to the best of its ability, the NAPLAN results are embedded in that.”

OLSCC curriculum coordinator Melissa Irwin said it was great to see the students improving while also acknowledging that every teacher played a part in the results, from Prep onwards.

"It isn't just the teachers in Years 3, 5 7 and 9. It's what has happened in Prep, Year 1 and 2 that also determine a students NAPLAN results; it's an accumulative thing,” Mrs Irwin said.

"When we look at results we look at it as a whole and see it as a collective outcome, all teachers are involved in analysing those results.”

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