Warwick schools showing progress in NAPLAN
THE latest NAPLAN results have landed, and it seems schools across the Rose City are improving in leaps and bounds across spelling, reading and numeracy.
While overall our schools are still sitting at or below the national average, Scots PGC College - the best performing in the region - is well on the way of changing that, upskilling their teachers and making sure their NAPLAN results get better each year.
Scots PGC director of learning and innovation Nigel Grant said the school was pleased with their results released yesterday by the Federal Government, recording average or better results in most categories.
"We expect to do well," Mr Grant said. "But we won't be resting on our laurels."
Only Scots' Year 3 spelling category was recorded as below average in comparison to other schools considered to be similar.
"We identified spelling as an area we wanted to improve in and we are working hard to upskill our teachers in ways they can teach spelling," Mr Grant said.
The school did slip from above average in 2013 to average last year in some areas but Mr Grant said the school was not concerned.
"Results can go up and down each year - we're more interested in the long-term trends," he said.
"In smaller cohorts, the results of one or two students can make a fair difference to the overall results. We would probably put some of those results (trending down from 2013 to last year) down to the cohort."
Trends from 2013 to 2014:
Assumption College: Year 9 improved from average to above average in persuasive writing. Average in all other SIM comparisons.
Freestone State School: Year 5 students recorded more above average results in 2014 than 2013, but two categories also dropped from average in 2013 to below average last year.
Glennie Heights State School: Year 5 results slightly up overall. Year 7 above average in numeracy, grammar and reading in SIM.
Scots PGC: The best performed school in Warwick, with only one category below average. Some categories dropped from above average to average last year though.
St Mary's Primary School: Year 3 students recorded substantially above average results in persuasive writing and above average in spelling and grammar punctuation, all up on 2013. Year 7s improved their results from 2013, while Year 5 results remained similar at below average.
Warwick Central State School: Improved results from 2013, but no age group recorded an above average result in a SIM comparison.
Warwick Christian College: Year 5 and 7 up in general, Year 3 up in spelling, grammar and numeracy from 2013.
Warwick East State School: Year 7 students substantially above average in every SIM comparison, up on 2013. Year 3 SIM comparisons were below average or substantially below average in every SIM comparison. Year 5 students recorded mixed results.
Warwick State High School: Average in all Year 9 SIM comparisons, the same as 2013.
Warwick West State School: Year 3 above average in several categories but Year 5 and 7 both slightly below average in SIM comparisons.
SIM comparison = results compared against schools serving students with statistically similar backgrounds.