Students learn faster in Douglas
STUDENTS in the Douglas region are improving at a faster rate than the rest of Queensland, with six local state schools ranked in the top 100 improvement in the whole of Queensland.
State primary schools Julatten, Miallo, Mossman, Port Douglas and Wonga Beach and Mossman State High School all had relative gains that ranked them in the top 100 out of 1230 state schools between 2010-2012.
Between 2008 and 2012 NAPLAN scores in the Far North improved in 14 out of 16 test areas and FNQ director of education and training Clive Dixon said it has to do with the method of teaching.
‘‘The method of explicit teaching we often refer to as ‘I do, we do, you do’,’’ he said.
‘‘When we teach this way we are continually reinforcing and revising core reading, writing and maths principles and we also carefully monitor every child in the class so no student is left behind.
‘‘The Douglas cluster is a shining example of how schools can improve when there is a commitment to i mprovement from staff and students.’’
Miallo State School principal Anet Ridley said the whole Douglas region is stronger because of the structured explicit teaching method.
‘‘Our region has four priorities that haven’t changed - improving teaching through explicit teaching and coaching, using data to make decisions about kids, planning and accountability in school and connecting parents to teaching and learning and trying to get them on board.’’
Ms Ridley said the results speak for themselves, not just through the NAPLAN results, with a real difference in literacy and numeracy, Engl- ish and maths.
Port Douglas State School principal Benjamin Gaske said their standout was the school’s numeracy results.
‘‘Next year our target is for 100 per cent and getting at least 35 per cent of our students in the upper two bands, which is a very high standard and great goal for us - one we can achieve,’’ he said.
‘‘Our motto is improvement is not negotiable but the rate is.’’