Top rat­ings for Gladdy schools

Glad­stone school rank­ings re­vealed

The Observer - - FRONT PAGE - MARK ZITA [email protected]­sto­neob­server.com.au

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.

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