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Independent schools a point or two above the pack in My School rankings

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Understanding the NAPLAN test scores: A parents’ guide

The Times’ league tables of ACT schools’ literacy and numeracy scores continue to show that independent schools dominate their Catholic
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Independent schools fared well in years 7 and 9 in particular, while government and Catholic schools seemed to perform better in the primary years.

Torrens Primary School principal Sue Mueller with year 3 students, who have done well in the MySchool NAPLAN results. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Meanwhile, Catholic primary schools operate on less than a third of the funds that the most
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Last week, the My School website published last year’s results for the national assessment program for literacy and numeracy, or NAPLAN.

The scores of the ACT’s 111 schools, when ranked against each other, show big improvements in year 3 for schools such as Telopea Park, which had improved on every measure since 2012. It moved from 47th to eighth in numeracy and from 21st to third in reading.

Mawson Primary jumped 71 places to come second in year 3 spelling and 17 places to come first in numeracy.

A small group of Catholic schools also dominated year 3 results: Rosary came fifth in reading, third in writing, fourth in spelling, second in grammar and 11th in maths.

Girls Grammar School, Grammar and to a lesser extent Radford College the ACT schools with the highest fees all dominated the year 5 results. Garran Primary also posted among the top results across the five subjects.

In year 7, Girls Grammar and Grammar vied for top places; Lyneham High School made big gains this year on last, coming fifth in reading, sixth in spelling, fourth in grammar and fourth in numeracy. Trinity Christian School improved its
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However, the volatility of school performance from year to year was shown in last year’s big improver, Burgmann Anglican School, dropping several places in each of the five areas, while still coming in the top 10.

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Government schools with low ICSEA scores all received considerably more funds per student than did schools with higher levels of advantage. For example, Jervis Bay School, which has a high indigenous enrolment, receives
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Catholic primary schools receive the least funds per child, ranging from $10,341 at St John Vianney’s in Waramanga to $7918 for St Anthony’s Parish School in Wanniassa.

Australian Education Union ACT branch secretary Glenn Fowler urged parents to ignore the league tables published in The Times on the basis they were ”crude, unreliable and unnecessary”.

”The NAPLAN tests took place 10 months ago and provide a once a year snapshot of literacy and numeracy skills, as demonstrated on an external test,” Mr Fowler said.

”The results throw up wild fluctuations each year depending on the student cohort and
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He said the best way to find out about a school was to visit one and talk to the principal, the teachers and other parents.

”ACT students perform at the highest levels internationally, and all of our schools are doing great things. Really, you can’t go wrong.”

The Times will publish a second set of tables on Tuesday that show the effect of social advantage on student performance and the ”value add” that each school provides its students.

Many of the schools whose raw scores place them on the top of the league tables are ranked much lower when their educational advantage is taken into account.

Conversely, a number of those at the bottom of the raw score rankings outperform schools with similar levels of disadvantage.

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