THE results are in and the report card could not be clearer - Orange schools need improvement.
Almost half of Orange schools have fallen “substantially below” national standards for literacy and numeracy for 2012.
The latest figures from the federal government’s MySchool website indicate seven of Orange’s 15 schools are well behind nation-wide averages in at least one of the reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar, and numeracy subjects.
The figures were based on results from national NAPLAN testing last year for years 3,5,7 and 9, and compare a school’s outcomes to both national averages and schools of similar socio-economic backgrounds.
Calare Public School was one of the high achievers. It was above the similar schools average for every subject and year group bar year 5 numeracy where it was equal to the national standard and the similar schools standard.
Kinross Wolaroi School posted good results and were substantially above the national average for years 5,7 and 9 in nearly every subject.
Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary School year 5 group was above the average for every category.
Glenroi Heights Public School, Bowen Public School, Orange East Public School and Canobolas Rural Technology High School struggled with the schools posting results below the national average for all categories.
The schools posted results that were substantially below the national average for most of the categories.
Orange East Public School was above the similar schools average in persuasive writing.
Glenroi Heights Public School was above the similar schools average for grammar and punctuation in years 3 and 5 and above the average for reading and spelling for year 5.
Bowen was above the similar schools average for persuasive writing and Canobolas Rural Technology High school was on par with similar schools for reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation in year 7.
Year 9 students were on par with similar schools for all categories at Canobolas Rural Technology High School.
Maths is the worst subject for Orange students with six schools falling well behind the national average. Five of those schools fell behind the average for similar schools in at least one year group.