Top ratings for Gladdy schools
Gladstone school rankings revealed
WITH the new school year just around the corner, The Observer can reveal the top-rated primary and high schools across the region.
According to the Better Education website, Tannum Sands State School and Trinity College were the topranked primary and high schools, earning a score of 92 and 90 (out of 100) respectively.
Close behind was Boyne Island State School and Trinity College’s primary school section, both scoring 91.
Chanel College was
second for high schools with a score of 87.
The highest ranked state high school was Toolooa SHS with a score of 86.
A Better Education spokeswoman said the scores were calculated from “data sourced from government authorities and schools”.
“A proprietary primary school rating algorithm combining Year 3 and 5 results is used,” the spokeswoman said.
For high school rankings, the website calculated scores from a variety of data such as OP scores, ATAR rankings and NAPLAN results.
The website warns variable factors can affect the impact of academic results.
“These include the socio-economic background of students or whether the school is selective in its student intake,” it says.
“It is for the reader to do their own research and draw their own conclusions.”
In addition, not all schools in the Gladstone region were listed on the Better Education website.
The Queensland Department of Education questions the validity of the data.
A spokesman told News Corp Australia the department does not endorse “the use of artificial school rankings”.
‘‘ [THE DATA] IS FOR THE READER TO DO THEIR OWN RESEARCH AND DRAW THEIR OWN CONCLUSIONS. BETTER EDUCATION
“It is not clear how the website has ranked schools, but is likely based on a very simplistic approach using publicly available Year 5 NAPLAN Reading and Numeracy data, which was scaled to produce a score out of 100,” the spokesman said.
Queensland Teachers’ Union president Kevin Bates said the scores were an example of the misuse of NAPLAN data.
“The use of these so-called school rankings is one of the most significant misuses of the data that we’ve seen over the decade or so that NAPLAN has been in place,” Mr Bates said.
“It’s one of the reasons why we’ve campaigned strongly to get rid of NAPLAN.”
While Mr Bates believes in checking the quality of teaching, he believes there’s a better way to go about it.
“A sample test conducted on a small but statistically significant group of students is
a far better way of gathering that sort of data,” he said.
The full list of primary and high school rankings can be viewed on The Observer’s website.