11 March, 2023
Local schools gear up for NAPLAN
LOCAL students in grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 will participate in NAPLAN in two weeks, with Atherton’s Jubilee Catholic College preparing to hopefully achieve the top score in the region once again.
NAPLAN is a national assessment program where students undertake reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy exams which are used to determine whether a school is meeting “important educational outcomes”.
Last year, Jubilee Christian College scored the highest NAPLAN score in the region, with a 584.80 average score according to data by My School.
The private Christian school has had an impressive track record with its NAPLAN results with their students scoring above the national average in 2019.
Principal Chris Radcliffe was proud of his small school’s achievements when it came to NAPLAN, but stressed that the results should not be reviewed in isolation.
“The NAPLAN results certainly reflect the hard work and dedication of our wonderful teaching team and reviewing the regional results is a great opportunity to celebrate all teachers across all Tablelands schools, regardless of NAPLAN result,” he said.
“It is really important, however, that we don’t view NAPLAN results in isolation, as they only tell a small part of the story.
“As we tell our parents, NAPLAN does not assess all the wonderful things that our students do, the people who mark NAPLAN do not know that our students love to sing, draw, or have amazing computer skills.”
Jubilee is a “hybrid learning” school with several of its students learning from home. With the NAPLAN test taking the form of an online exam as of 2022, the process for the school has become easier and simpler to use.
NAPLAN will kick off on Wednesday 15 March and will conclude on Monday 27 March.
Students participating at any school are encouraged to relax and participate in self care in the days leading up to the tests.