Students at Dubbo public schools are performing well compared to schools with similar socio-educational backgrounds but falling behind the Australian average, results from the 2014 NAPLAN test have revealed. File photo Students at Dubbo public schools are performing well compared to schools with similar socio-educational backgrounds but falling behind the Australian average, results from the 2014 NAPLAN test have revealed.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 across five categories; reading, spelling, persuasive writing, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.
Those results are then used to assess a student’s performance.
Results from NAPLAN 2014 were released last week and the Department of Education’s director public schools – Macquarie, Michael Cronk, claimed Dubbo public schools had done “very well”.
The data showed public schools have done well in some categories compared to schools considered by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority to be similar in demographic but in the majority of cases, they fell below the national average.
Dubbo’s independent schools performed well, with almost no classes falling below the average.
At a senior level Dubbo Christian School, Macquarie Anglican Grammar and St John’s all proved solid, scoring a handful of above average results but largely sitting around the average.
At a primary level MAGS, Dubbo Christian School and St Mary’s had outstanding results, with the year 3 cohort at MAGS proving substantially above average nationally in all five exams.
St Pius X Primary also had a very strong year 3 but were below average in three of five categories for year 5.
There is still more work to be done within the public system, with Dubbo College’s two campuses behind the national average in every category and in some, well below the average.
Delroy Campus largely outperformed similar schools, particularly at a year 9 level while South Campus was mostly on a par with its statistically similar schools.
Results were similar at public primary school level but there were some that bucked the trend like Dubbo South Public’s year 5 class, who matched the national averagein all five categories.
The Dubbo School of Distance Education had very credible results, exceeding similar schools by quite a margin in some categories and even finishing ahead of the national benchmark, especially for years 5 and 7.
Mr Cronk said a number of new programs had been established that were aimed at lifting the results of students, targeting them at a younger age to help them right throughout their school career.
Funding increased through Local Schools, Local Decisions and the Resource Allocation Model are expected to have an impact in the next few years.
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