We are very encouraged by our NAPLAN 2016 results. Trend data show previous downtrends have strongly reversed. Significant improvement in both Years 3 and 5 is apparent. Most noticeable are fewer students in lower bands and more students in higher bands. When compared with DoE data, our results generally show higher means and lower standard deviations in Year 3, which indicate stronger relative achievement and greater consistency.
Improvement in student outcomes in literacy and numeracy reflect positively on the learning capacity and professionalism of staff who, over the past 12 months, have developed their skills in those practices which research tells us have the greatest influence on student learning.
Additionally, greater awareness amongst students, teachers and parents of the importance of a growth mindset, are contributing to a shared expectation of improvement and success.
Of course there are many other important indicators of student growth and learning besides NAPLAN data. Experiences in ethical, social, sporting, service and creative domains all play an important part in the development of our young people. Literacy and numeracy however, is our core business and we are very pleased with the growth of our students.
Congratulations to our District Athletes - Saithong, Abbey, Jayda, Ruby, Tasman and Darnell. These students will now progress to the Regional Athletics carnival to be held at AIS Athletics Field in Bruce, ACT on Friday 2 September. Good luck!!
Good luck also to Michael Griffiths who is off to Mudgee this week to represent the South Coast in the State Rugby Union Carnival.