School’s ap­proach earns high praise

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Shan­non Boch­enek

PEM­BER­TON Dis­trict High School was of­fi­cially recog­nised for its stu­dent progress across lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy ear­lier this month.

The Aus­tralian Cur­ricu­lum As­sess­ment and Re­port­ing Au­thor­ity no­ti­fied prin­ci­pal Gail Allen the school had “demon­strated sub­stan­tially above av­er­age gain,” as mea­sured by NAPLAN.

Mrs Allen said the im­prove­ment had stemmed from a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to in­di­vid­ual stu­dent data anal­y­sis by staff.

“We’ve put some things in place in the school and made some re­ally quiet dra­matic changes from where we were in 2015 around data and the way in which we as staff en­gage with the data,” she said.

“We’re look­ing at it re­ally care­fully to say, ‘where are the stu­dents at at the mo­ment aca­dem­i­cally across lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy?’ and ‘what do we

need to do to progress those stu­dents?’

“Re­ally it’s about mak­ing sure that what we’re do­ing in the class­room matches our un­der­stand­ing of where that stu­dent is at aca­dem­i­cally and

then putting things in place so we are pro­gress­ing their aca­demic de­vel­op­ment.”

Mrs Allen said in­ter­nal test data was an­a­lysed along­side NAPLAN to en­sure changes to the in-class ap­proach were mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

“We are, of course, very happy and re­ally ec­static about the fact that we have been recog­nised na­tion­ally, it’s a big thing for us,” she said.

Pic­ture: Shan­non Boch­enek

Pem­ber­ton Dis­trict High School prin­ci­pal Gail Allen is all smiles af­ter the school was of­fi­cially recog­nised for its progress across lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy. Here Mrs Allen keeps a keen eye on the progress of Year 3 stu­dents By­ron Se­bire, Brock Coumbe and Taya Burns.

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