The following is a summary of a very pleasing overall set of results achieved by our students in the 2017 National Assessment Program. These are an important indicator of student academic achievement at key stages in a student’s school career: Years 3, 5, 7, & 9. Students at Hills Grammar performed well above their state cohorts in a range of areas. Such data provides a wealth of information which allows the School to continually improve the quality of its academic programs by celebrating and maintaining areas of strength and identifying areas requiring additional resources and/or new approaches. A thorough process of analysis is also undertaken each year with a view to more appropriately catering for individual student needs, as well as informing the learning and teaching and strategic planning processes. These are an expression of the School’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement.
The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) was introduced in 2008 for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in all government and non-government schools, with the key aim of assessing the literacy and numeracy learning of students in all Australian schools.
The results of the tests provide important information to schools about what each student can do, and are used to support teaching and learning programs. Parents have received a report indicating their child’s level of achievement. Each student’s level of achievement is reported against the agreed national benchmarks of student achievement.
A brief summary of the 2017 results for each cohort is provided below.
Students at The Hills Grammar School were above the averages for all sections of the NAPLAN tests, when measured against State scores. The School was also on or above averages of Association of Independent Schools in all areas for Year 7 and most areas for Year 3, 5 and 9.
Importantly, NAPLAN results are now used as an opportunity for students in Year 9 to prequalify for the HSC minimum standards. The following table outlines the percentage of students who have prequalified for the HSC minimum standards. For those students who have not prequalified via NAPLAN, opportunities will be provided through the school to meet the standards via online tests.
NSW data shows 68 per cent of NSW Year 9 students, or 61,015, received at least one test result in Band 8 or above, 52 per cent (46,481) received at least two test results at band 8 or above and 32 per cent (28,403) attained band 8 or above in all three.
More information on HSC Minimum Standards can be found here: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/about/initiatives/stronger-hsc-standards/minimum-standard
Michael Smith | Principal