NAPLAN Results

2019 NAPLAN

Year 7 Results

The 2019 NAPLAN results were released towards the end of last term after a ‘longer than usual’ time spent by the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) analysing them due to complications created with the on-line platform. Year 7 and 9 students sat the tests in May this year and the results are very promising for Barrenjoey students.

There are five Domains measured in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).  However, for this summary I have reported on the three major domains of Writing, Reading and Numeracy so as to align reporting with the Premier’s Priorities.

Fig. 1: The Year 7 average result for the three major Domains were substantially above that of the NSW State average, which includes all government and independent schools, selective school included.

 Fig. 1: Year 7                                                          NAPLAN Average Scores                                  2019

Domain

BHS

NSW

Difference to NSW

Writing

515

505.5

+ 9.5

Reading

558

538.5

+ 19.5

Numeracy

564

549

+ 15

TOTALS

545.7

531

+ 14.7

Overall Barrenjoey Year 7 students were more almost 15 points above the State average which is particularly pleasing given the focus on literacy and numeracy these past two years with extended writing, reading and numeracy strategies being adopted across the entire school.

Fig. 2: NAPLAN – Year 7 – % Band Distribution – 2019

Band Distribution

Barrenjoey High School

State of NSW (all schools)

Difference to NSW State

Upper three

(Bands 7, 8 & 9)

59.7

49

+ 10.7%

Lower three

(Bands 4, 5 & 6)

40.3

51.0

– 10.7%

Fig. 2: above identifies the breakdown of Year 7 student results across two Band groupings: Lower Bands (Bands 4, 5 and 6) and Upper Bands (Bands 7, 8 and 9). For this measurement the results are displayed as a percentage and once again Barrenjoey results are compared to all the schools in the state of NSW across the three major domains.

Ultimately we are looking to see an underrepresentation of Barrenjoey students in the Lower three bands and an overrepresentation in the Upper Three Bands – and this is exactly what we have achieved. Year 7 students achieved 10.7% less results in the Lower Bands than the state average and 10.7% more than the state average in the Upper bands.

The third measurement in NAPLAN testing is ‘expected growth’ – 54% of Barrenjoey Year 7 students achieved above expected growth, which is a great result. Our focus for the remainder of this year and next is to assist the smaller percentage of students who did not attain ‘expected growth’ especially across the Domains of Reading and Writing.

Year 9 Results

The NAPLAN results were particularly pleasing for Year 9 students as they reflected a focus Barrenjoey has had in the areas of writing particularly since these students were in Year 7.

Fig. 3: Once again the cohort scored higher than the state average across all three major NAPLAN Domains. However, this time the results were particularly noteworthy in Writing (28.5 points above State average) and Reading (13.1 points).

Overall Barrenjoey students were 16.5 points to the better of all other schools in the State schools combined. Well-done Year 9.

 

Fig. 3: Year 9                                                          NAPLAN Average Scores                                  2019

Domain

BHS

NSW

Difference to NSW

Writing

565.2

536.7

+ 28.5

Reading

588.1

575

+ 13.1

Numeracy

598.5

590.4

+ 8.1

TOTALS

583.9

567.4

+ 16.5

 

 

Fig. 4: NAPLAN – Year 9 – % Band Distribution – 2019

Band Distribution

Barrenjoey High School

State of NSW (all schools)

Difference to NSW State

Upper three

(Bands 8, 9 & 10)

53.1

42.4

+ 10.7%

Lower three

(Bands 5,6 & 7)

46.9

57.6

– 10.7%

Fig. 4: above identifies the breakdown of Year 9 student results across two Band groupings: Lower Bands (Bands 5, 6 and 7) and Upper Bands (Bands 8, 9 and 10). For this measurement the results are displayed as a percentage and once again Barrenjoey results are compared to all the schools in the State of NSW across the three major Domains.

Ultimately we are looking to see an underrepresentation of Barrenjoey students in the Lower Three bands and an overrepresentation in the Upper Three Bands – and this is exactly what we have achieved. Year 9 students achieved exactly the same as Year 7 with 10.7% less results in the Lower Bands than the State average and 10.7% more than the State average in the Upper Bands.

The NAPLAN ‘expected growth’ for Year 9 was 53% of Barrenjoey students achieving above expected growth, which is a great result for this cohort and demonstrates significant growth since Year 7 measurements. Like Year 7, our focus for the remainder of this year and next is to assist the smaller percentage of students who did not attain ‘expected growth’, for Year 9 this will be targeted across the Domains of Reading and Numeracy.

Furthermore, a list of students’ results for both Years 7 and 9 have now been provided to the Learning Support faculty so they can greater understand and assist students scoring results in the Lower Bands and/or receiving less than expected growth.

In 2020, to assist us better understand the level of literacy and numeracy our incoming Year 7 students possess we will be once again volunteering as a ‘Best Start’ school. All Year 7 will sit on-line tests in these two areas within the first 5 weeks of Term 1. The results will be released almost immediately and are purely diagnostic in nature. This will allow us to better target learning support needs quicker and manage resources more efficiently rather than have to wait until the NAPLAN results are released in September.