School’s approach earns high praise
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.
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.