Local schools among top rises
BRIGHT P12 College and Mount Beauty Secondary College are among 29 rural Victorian schools that saw significant improvement in literacy and numeracy last year.
Results released on the MySchool website last Wednesday revealed the two schools achieved substantially above average gain in reading and/or numeracy in the most recent NAPLAN testing.
Th National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), is an annual assessment for all students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
It tests the types of skills that are essential for every child and covers reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.
Bright P12 College principal Jean Olley said progress was due to teacher efforts to align with the Framework for Improved Student Outcomes, a guideline for schools to focus on research and evidence-based initiatives.
“This gives us a clear roadmap for making substantial, significant and lasting improvements for students in all aspects of their schooling,” she said.
“It is not one initiative, not one program but a focused whole school approach to change.
“Our dedicated and outstanding staff have embraced the work of improvement and this is one measure of their success.
“Our students are also engaged and willing learners who thrive in an environment of trust and challenge.”
Mount Beauty Secondary College principal Simone Roy said it was wonderful for the school to be acknowledged for the great results while also giving credit to primary school educators.
“These results come from hard work and the continued effort that our students and teachers make each year,” she said.
“The results reflect the culture of our school, where students continually strive to achieve their best in everything they do.
“We do have to remember that the students have had seven years of education in a primary school before they reach the Secondary College.
“These great results also recognise the consistent and vital work done in the formative years of the student, as well as the continued support in recognising the importance of education from the students’ families.”
In all 56 Victorian schools were identified by Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority as having achieved NAPLAN gains substantially above
BY JUSTIN JENVEY