Making sense of NAPLAN is not always easy for families. What parents and students need to keep in mind is that this test is but one assessment at one point in time. For Year 7 students, NAPLAN occurs just over a term into their high school life.
When we analyse our NAPLAN data, we focus on growth. In Writing, we often see the average for Year 7 being below the national average, but we consistently see enormous growth from these students that is far above the nation. In fact, this year 76% of our Year 9 students experienced higher growth in their Writing scores than the national average to end up with an average above the nation, WA and similar Catholic schools. There is a trend in NAPLAN among our students that sees Reading and Numeracy having similar results. As in past years, our Year 7s outperformed the national average in both areas. Our Year 9s also experienced higher gains than their peers at the national level, which means that they started Year 7 with a higher average and extended upon that in Year 9.
With this in mind, I encourage you to focus on your son’s successes in NAPLAN and at school with a view to fostering a growth mindset with regard to his learning. In our analysis of the data as a College, this is our primary area of focus, and I believe that this focus on growth has led to consistent positive improvements for most of our students.
If you have any questions about NAPLAN, please contact me at the College.
Deputy Principal (Teaching & Learning)