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NAPLAN learning gains for St Clare's

This week, the nation’s NAPLAN test results were released, with St Clare's recognised as one of the state’s most improved performers – identified to have shown 'substantially above average gain' in numeracy.

Every year, over one million students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sit the NAPLAN test. Students are assessed in the areas of reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

At St Clare’s, we introduced a numeracy coach in 2014 who mentored teachers to share new approaches.  

"The introduction of the numeracy coach was followed by whole staff professional learning on effective feedback and formative assessment strategies.

"As well as a focus on clearly defined learning intentions and co-constructed success criteria within lessons. This encourages explicit teaching of new concepts, effective grouping and intervention, and opportunities for consolidation and reflection" — Principal, Marg Foldes

“As a school community, we are proud to celebrate the 2018 Year 5 students’ significant growth in numeracy, as measured by NAPLAN testing," she said.


A note on NAPLAN for parents...

The My School website is a resource for parents, educators and the community to find important information about each of Australia’s schools. My School is run by ACARA, an independent statutory authority responsible for collecting and reporting data on Australia’s schools, along with running NAPLAN (and other assessments) and developing the Australian Curriculum. 

The 2019 My School update contains:

●     2018 NAPLAN results for schools; 

●     2018 school profile and population data; and

●     2017 school financial information.

The latest NAPLAN results are good news for our school, however parents shouldn’t feel under pressure to over-prepare their children for them. As the NAPLAN website states, a child will spend less than four hours, four times in a seven year school life completing NAPLAN. According to the testing body, ‘that’s a small investment given the important information that can be used to track a child’s progress in the important areas of literacy and numeracy’.


Story originally published on Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) News.