Heritage College Recognised for Improving Learning
In today’s announcement by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), and reported in both the Herald Sun and The Age, Heritage College was named as achieving a ‘substantially above average’ gain in latest NAPLAN results.
Heritage College was amongst 225 schools in Victoria identified as having attained above-average NAPLAN results gain in numeracy and literacy.
To identify substantially above average, ACARA compares the results of the most recent NAPLAN test to:
- results from previous years
- schools with similar student demographic
- other students at the same average NAPLAN starting score.
As students progress from Year 3 to Year 5 and Year 7 to Year 9, improvements this significant are worthy of acknowledgement. Heritage College acknowledges the efforts of both educators and parents in contributing to our latest combined achievement.
The staff at Heritage College work hard to develop a culture of continuous learning and improvement. The mantra of ‘a little better tomorrow than we were yesterday’ is often heard around campus. It is this culture of analysis, reflection and adaptation that has seen learning move and change at Heritage College.
Student Data: The Key to Improvement
Teachers at Heritage regularly analyse our student data to determine student success, as well as areas for improvement. It is this analysis that drives professional learning, training opportunities and plans for improvement at Heritage College.
Analysis of NAPLAN and PAT data three years ago prompted our school wide review of our Numeracy Program. Teachers from Years 2 to 6 redeveloped their Mathematics programs with the goal to improve student outcomes. iMaths was introduced to support teaching concepts and skills to be transferred into project based learning tasks. It was also this reflection and analysis of NAPLAN and PAT data prompted staff to research and find extra support programs for students to develop their mathematical thinking and number fact skills.
Our secondary school has also taken on board the same approach to data analysis. Our secondary teachers have adopted a new Numeracy program that individualises learning based on student needs and assessment outcomes. Maths Pathways, while only being in our School for a short while, is already showing some great ‘value add’ results. We look forward to continued growth in our Secondary Mathematics program.”
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