Literacy, numeracy varies over Callide Dawson
SCHOOLS across the Callide, Dawson and Monto districts have received mixed results in the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests held this year.
Students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 were assessed on the same test items in the fields of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and numeracy. Results for state and private schools were released this week.
Redeemer Lutheran Primary School was at the top of the list of local schools, with the year 7 results having every student at the national minimum standard across all areas. Years 3 and 5 also did well, with most results at 100 or in the 90s.
Redeemer principal Jenni Krenske said the NAPLAN test was a “point in time” test and only formed part of the overall assessment used by schools to assess a student's progress and consequently plan for their educational needs.
“We do acknowledge, though, that it is an authentic indicator to assist the assessment process.
“With a large range of abilities amongst our students at Redeemer we are very pleased again this year with our results,” Mrs Krenske said.
“I believe the publishing of NAPLAN results and comparing schools does not give the whole context and is not the best way for parents to make the decision about which school their children should attend.
“All students are required to sit the tests and often particular classes have a high number of students with learning difficulties and despite quality teaching programs and dedicated teachers these students may not reach benchmarks.
“The context of each school and year level, don't get reported.
“As a parent I would want to know how a school can cater for my child's individual needs in their holistic development; academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual,” she said.
Others to receive strong results were: St Joseph's Catholic School, Taroom State, Thangool, Wowan, Baralaba, St Therese's Monto and Monto State.
Biloela State had mixed results, with no year levels reaching 90% of students at minimum standard in any areas.
Moura State had similar results, with few areas reaching 90%.
Banana State School's results were strong in year 7 but down a bit in year 3.
Theodore State had strong results on year 3, but declined in years 5 and 7.
Jambin had strong results in years 3 and 5, but fell away slightly in year 7.
The results of smaller schools such as Abercorn, Bauhinia, Mt Murchison, Goovigen, Peek-A-Doo State and Prospect Creek schools were not released.
Next week Central Telegraph will look at high schools.