Small school punches above its weight in NAPLAN

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Small school punches above its weight in NAPLAN

The 2023 NAPLAN results have been revealed for all public, Catholic, and independent schools, with a small Limestone Coast school punching above its weight.

Lucindale Area School ranked in the Top 20 South Australian schools for Year 5 Results, securing the 17th position with a Year 5 average score of 528.

The NAPLAN assessment, conducted in March for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, measures student proficiency in mathematics, reading, writing, and comprehension.

All schools underwent a standardised assessment process, marking the first application of the NAPLAN test under updated standards and more rigorous assessment criteria and elevated the minimum performance benchmarks for students.

ACARA categorised students into one of four categories: ‘needs additional support,’ ‘developing,’ ‘strong’ and ‘exceeding’.

This change from the previous system of 10 bands aimed to provide a clearer assessment against levels of proficiency.

National data from the NAPLAN test revealed in August showed a third of students lagged behind in mathematics and literacy, with 10pc significantly trailing, requiring additional support.

In Mount Gambier, the Year 5 averages were Mount Gambier North Primary School with 409.2, Melaleuca Park Primary School with 424.6, Mulga Street Primary School with 433.8, McDonald Park School with 449.4, Reidy Park Primary School with 454.2, St Martins Lutheran College with 460.2 and Tenison Woods College with 480.6.

On the outskirts of the city, the Year 5 averages were Moorak Primary School with 431.2, Mil Lel Primary School with 449.4, Glencoe Central Primary School with 450.4, Suttontown Primary School with 465.6, Compton Primary School with 477.2, Yahl Primary School with 478 and Glenburnie Primary School with 494.8.

Nangwarry Primary School had a Year 5 average of 366.6, Glencoe Primary School received 450.4, Allendale Area School had 454.8 and Kongorong Primary School received 496.4.

Penola Primary School had a Year 5 average of 432.6 and Mary MacKillop Memorial School received 487.8.

In Millicent, Newbery Park Primary School had a Year 5 average of 451.6, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School had a 492.6 and Millicent North Primary School had 497.

Heading to the coast, Kingston Community School had a Year 5 average of 458 and Robe Primary School had 473.

Naracoorte South Primary School had a Year 5 average of 457.6, Naracoorte Primary School received 475.6 and Sunrise Christian School had 469.8.

Secondary schools in Mount Gambier included Year 9 averages for Mount Gambier High School with 508, Tenison Woods College with 553.6 and St Martins Lutheran College with 558.6.

Penola High School had a Year 9 average of 494.2, Kingston Community School had 515.6, Lucindale Area School had 538.8, Kapunda High School received 539.2 and Kangaroo Inn Area School received 555.2.

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