NAPLAN Results

2018 NAPLAN

Year 7 – Results

The 2018 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. Year 7 and 9 students sat the tests in May this year and the results are very promising for Barrenjoey students.

Fig.1

Year 7 Scores 

NAPLAN Average Scores

2018

 

 

 

Domain

BHS

Dept of Ed

Difference to Dept of Ed

Writing

529.80

498.82

30.98

Spelling

566.30

543.42

22.88

Reading

566.40

533.26

33.14

Numeracy

567.70

544.71

22.99

Grammar & Punctuation

581.50

537.98

43.52

TOTALS

562.34

531.64

30.70

The five Domains of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are averaged across all students who sit them.

Fig. 1. The Year 7 average result for all five domains were substantially above that of the NSW Department of Education average, which includes all government schools, selective school included.

Overall Barrenjoey Year 7 students were more than 30 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 – 2018

Domain

Lower Two Bands

(4 & 5)

Middle Two Bands

(6 & 7)

Upper Two Bands

(8 & 9)

BHS

DofE

Difference to DofE

BHS

DofE

Difference to DofE

BHS

DofE

Difference to DofE

Writing

22.8

39.8

-17.0

57.0

43.8

13.2

20.2

16.4

3.8

Spelling

6.1

19.7

-13.6

54.4

47.3

7.1

39.5

32.9

6.6

Reading

4.3

22.7

-18.4

52.2

51.2

1.0

43.5

26.6

16.9

Numeracy

6.1

18.8

-12.7

54.4

53.8

0.6

39.5

27.4

12.1

Grammar & Punctuation

5.3

25.8

-20.5

50.0

47.0

3.0

44.7

27.2

17.5

TOTALS

8.9

25.4

-16.4

53.6

48.6

5.0

37.5

26.1

11.4

Fig. 2, above identifies the breakdown of Year 7 student results across three ‘paired’ Bands: Lower Bands (Bands 4 and 5), Middle bands (Bands 6 and 7) and Upper Bands (Bands 8 and 9). For this measurement the results are displayed as a percentage and once again Barrenjoey results are compared to the NSW Department of Education averages across all five domains.

Ultimately we are looking to see an underrepresentation of Barrenjoey students in the Lower two bands and an overrepresentation in the Upper two Bands – and this is exactly what we have achieved. Year 7 students achieved 16.4% less results in the Lower two bands than the state average and 11.4% more than the state average in the Upper two bands. Year 7 scores were very pleasing in the domains of Reading, Numeracy and Grammar & Punctuation with 16.9%, 12.1% and 17.5% above state average being recorded,

The third measurement in NAPLAN testing is ‘expected growth’ – 58% 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 Grammar and Punctuation.

Year 9 – Results

Fig. 3: Year 9                                                          NAPLAN Average Scores                                  2018

Domain

BHS

Dept of Ed

Difference to D of E

Writing

555.80

533.45

22.35

Spelling

592.50

581.23

11.27

Reading

594.70

577.88

16.82

Numeracy

610.80

593.65

17.15

Grammar & Punctuation

586.30

573.60

12.70

TOTALS

588.02

571.96

16.06

 

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

Fig. 3: Once again the cohort scored higher than the Department of Education state average across all five NAPLAN Domains. However this time the results were particularly noteworthy in Writing (22.4 points above state average), Reading (16.8 points) and Numeracy (17.2 points).

Overall Barrenjoey students were 16 .1 points to the better of all other state schools combined. Well-done Year 9.

Fig. 4: NAPLAN – Year 9 – % Band Distribution – 2018

Domain

Lower Two Bands         (5 & 6)

Middle Two Bands       (7 & 8)

Upper Two Bands          (9 & 10)

BHS

DofE

Difference to DofE

BHS

DofE

Difference to DofE

BHS

DofE

Difference to DofE

Writing

36.8

46.7

-9.9

56.1

40.7

15.4

7.0

12.6

-5.6

Spelling

14.0

23.7

-9.7

64.9

52.0

12.9

21.1

24.3

-3.2

Reading

10.5

25.9

-15.4

70.2

53.0

17.2

19.3

21.1

-1.8

Numeracy

6.1

21.3

-15.2

64.9

52.5

12.4

28.9

26.1

2.8

Grammar & Punctuation

15.8

30.7

-14.9

64.0

46.0

18.0

20.2

23.3

-3.1

TOTALS

16.6

29.7

-13.0

64.0

48.8

15.2

19.3

21.5

-2.2

Fig. 4, above identifies the breakdown of Year 9 student results across three ‘paired’ Bands: For Year 9 the Lower Bands (Bands 5 and 6), Middle bands (Bands 7 and 8) and Upper Bands (Bands 9 and 10). For this measurement the results are displayed as a percentage and once again Barrenjoey results are compared to the NSW Department of Education averages across all five domains.

It was very satisfying to note a significant underrepresentation of Barrenjoey Year 9 students in the Lower two bands and a corresponding overrepresentation of results in the Middle two bands. A particular note is to be made of Reading and Grammar & Punctuation percentages being highly represented in this band pairing.

The Upper two bands were all very close to the state average with just 2.2% less being recorded by Barrenjoey students, however Numeracy shone here with a better than state average by almost 3%. Clearly, our challenged for Year 9 is to continue the movement of students from the Middle to the Upper two bands and indeed this will be an added focus for 2019, especially across the domains of Writing and Reading.

The NAPLAN ‘expected growth’ for Year 9 was better than Year 7 with almost 61% 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 is across the domains of Writing and Grammar and Punctuation.

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

In 2019, to assist us better understand the level of literacy and numeracy our incoming Year 7 students possess we will be volunteering to trial 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 target learning support needs quicker and manage resources much more efficiently rather than have to wait until the NAPLAN results are released in September.