Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

The Schools Topping the Class in Results

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

The Schools Topping the Class in Results

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Byline: Carlie Walker frasercoastchronicle.com.au

THE Fraser Coast's top schools are consistently performing above the national average in NAPLAN testing.

An analysis of data by the Chronicle revealed several of the region's schools, including Fraser Coast Anglican College, Agnew School, St Mary's Catholic College and Primary School and Parke State School, recorded strong scores when compared to the national and state averages.

Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School also posted outstanding results by their Year 3 students in reading and writing, while St Helens State School was above the national average in Year 5 spelling and grammar.

Joe Wright, deputy principal at Hervey Bay's Fraser Coast Anglican College, said the school had performed strongly in NAPLAN this year and he was especially pleased with the results achieved by the school's Year 7 students.

"It's independent and benchmarked against the whole country, not just the kids at your school, and FCAC consistently gets over the national average," Mr Wright said.

"The independent data is another piece of information, it's another piece of the puzzle."

Fraser Coast Anglican College recorded results above the national average in 18 of the 20 categories across all four year levels.

While NAPLAN provides important information for parents and schools, Mr Wright said parents who were deciding on schools for their children shouldn't decide based on NAPLAN results.

He said a holistic approach to education was important rather than raw data.

Stuart Taylor, assistant principal at Riverside Christian College, said students were always a bit nervous ahead of the NAPLAN tests.

He said the parents of some of the Year 9 students at the school elected to withdraw their children from the tests this year because of the stress around external exams. …

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