Low fee Catholic schools shine in growth in NAPLAN results

Sydney Catholic schools have continued to shine in all areas of growth in NAPLAN results, according to data released by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and reporting Authority (ACARA) today.

Nine Sydney Catholic schools were identified as having achieved significant growth in literacy, numeracy or both. These include:

Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS), Dr Dan White, said it was wonderful to see the results reflect the skill and dedication of the teachers at Sydney Catholic schools, as the release from ACARA coincided with Catholic Schools Week, a state-wide celebration of the opportunities Catholic schools provide.

He said that today’s announcement from ACARA about significant growth reflects the strong culture of teaching and learning in all schools. Dr White said data analysis by all teachers has been particularly strong and enabled them to focus clearly on students’ next stages of development including looking to measure growth in student achievement in line with years of schooling.

“The skill of our teachers in identifying and responding to the needs of students, along with a culture of high expectation for growth, is key to each student learning to their potential as we can see by these great results,” Dr White said.

“They know their students well and how to maximise for them the learning opportunities that enables such growth to occur. I am delighted to see that the quality of teaching present at Sydney Catholic schools is reflected so well in the latest announcement by ACARA today”.

Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in Sydney Catholic Schools have again performed well above state means in the 2017 national assessment, with the strongest learning growth reflected in Year 5 reading and numeracy. More than half of all students in Year 5 in Sydney Catholic schools achieved in the top two bands in numeracy.

SCS Director of Teaching and Learning Genevieve Moss said Sydney Catholic schools offered a range of literacy and numeracy initiatives to ensure all students access high quality learning programs which have impacted directly upon student growth. She said that explicit teaching, especially in the early years, and high expectations for students contributed to student success.

“Literacy and numeracy are a strong focus within support and enrichment programs in our schools,” she said. Mrs Moss said that this has been reflected in the data released by ACARA today.

“I congratulate all schools on their efforts in inspiring and assisting all students to fully flourish in their learning.”

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