STUDENTS and staff at All Saints’ College and Kinross Wolaroi School were praised for their recently-released NAPLAN results for 2016, when rated against other independent schools.
When compared to independent schools of similar backgrounds across the Central West, Bathurst’s All Saints’ and Orange’s Kinross outscored the other schools when it came down to the controversial national testing system.
NAPLAN tests five areas – reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy - with national testing undertaken for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
When results from each tested year at All Saints’ were added, the school received a total score of 11,037.
Kinross Wolaroi School in Orange came in second at 10,745, followed by Orange Anglican Grammar School (10,451), Macquarie Anglican Grammar School in Dubbo (10,245) and The Scots School in Bathurst (10,059).
NAPLAN results compare schools in ‘statistically similar socio-educational backgrounds’ and also all Australian schools.
Kinross’s head of student academic achievement services, and NAPLAN coordinator, Yooie Choi said NAPLAN provided important diagnostic information on students.
He said it also helped devise educational strategies for students and identify any weaknesses.
“It also helps track the performance of the school to see if the programs which we are putting into place are working,” he said.
Mr Choi said while Kinross was proud of its “academic excellence” the school offered much more than academic achievement.
All Saints’ head of college Steven O’Connor said “the results reflect the quality of teaching and learning” offered at the school.