COLBINABBIN Primary School was one of the few bright patches among some dismal NAPLAN results in our towns.
The results from the latest test were released to the public last week and showed most of our schools are performing below the national standard.
The test — which was introduced in 2008 for students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 — focuses on reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy.
Colbinabbin was above the national average in most areas tested, a dramatic improvement from its results in 2016.
Principal Robyn MacLean said the school had a commitment to differentiated teaching and learning to ensure programs catered to individual students.
“We’re very proud of the children in our school and our excellent NAPLAN results are only one indicator of the wonderful achievements we see from them every day,” she said.
“The school has made significant investment in time and resources to improve our children’s reading and understanding of text and spelling, through targeted, well-researched programs.
“Like most government schools we have to deliver the very best for our children on extremely limited budgets. This is always a challenge but achieving great results makes the effort worthwhile.”
Rochester Primary also performed well, staying on par with the national average in most areas, but dropped below the rest of the country in most grade five areas.
Principal Graeme Hodgens said the data was as expected and will be used to help students.
“We don’t worry about the national average. We look at the results in relation to our school,” he said.
“It’s valuable information that can be used as a tool to help students.”
Elmore Primary was below the Australian average for grade three spelling and numeracy but was on par for everything else.
But it was bad news for other local schools, with most below or well below the mark when compared to the rest of the country.
Elmore’s Our Lady of Sacred Heart Primary School was the worst performer, achieving scores below the national average in all 10 categories.
The results weren’t much better for Lockington, Rochester Secondary College, St Joseph’s or Elmore Primary — all were below the national average in most areas measured.
St Joseph’s principal Peter Teggelove said NAPLAN was an important tool his school used but emphasised it was one of many.
‘‘Primary schools don’t teach that style of testing. NAPLAN is only one source of information we use to gauge student performance,’’ he said.
‘‘We look at many other factors to improve how we teach and to get the best out of students.’’
No data was available for Nanneella.
A breakdown of the results can be viewed at myschool.edu.au