Lo­cal schools among top rises

Alpine Observer - - News -

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

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