NAPLAN results show improvement

Tayler NealeAlbany Advertiser

North Albany Senior High School has maintained its trend of improved NAPLAN results and continues to close the gap on Albany Senior High School.

The 2016 results were released last week on the My School website, with NASHS’ Year 9 cohort recording close to or above the average of statistically similar schools across all categories and close to the Australian average in every category.

NAPLAN attributes NASHS with a socio-economic index of 953, below the Australian average of 1000, compared with ASHS at 1012.

Since 2012, NASHS has shown significant improvement across all areas assessed within the tests, and Department of Education regional executive director South West Neil Milligan said the department was satisfied with the school’s results.

“We are pleased to see NAPLAN results for Year 9 students at NASHS are above similar schools in grammar and punctuation and numeracy,” he said

“Overall, Year 9 NAPLAN results have improved over the past five years at NASHS.

“NAPLAN testing is just one of many tools used to tell parents about the progress of their children and their school’s overall performance.”

In 2012, NASHS was between 17 and 48 points behind ASHS in the five areas of assessment, but steady progress across the board has seen that gap narrowed to between eight and 15 points.

NASHS school board chairman Tony Evers said the continued rise in results could be attributed to several factors.

“It’s a testament to the school programming, the staff and of course the students,” he said.

“What I find striking is how well NASHS students do in their chosen path,” he said.

ASHS Year 9 students performed close to the Australian average in all five categories and the school was above similar schools’ average for grammar and punctuation.

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