Dear Parents and members of the MESC Community
In the last newsletter I talked about the work that the government is undertaking as part of their Education State initiative, and noted that the current era of education was about moving away from 'doing what we've always done' towards ensuring that whatever we do, it is based on evidence about ways of teaching and supporting learning that actually have an impact.
At Mount Eliza Secondary College we have been working in recent years to do exactly that, and a regular component of teachers' work is looking at evidence of student performance, and considering what needs to be done next to support and challenge them.
The arrival of externally assessed data such as NAPLAN is therefore eagerly awaited and whilst it is a snapshot taken over a very short period of time, it is useful as a means of looking at patterns across year levels and over time. It is also useful as it provides us with one set of data about student growth between years 7 and 9, which shows the value we have added through our efforts.
This year's data is pleasing as our students have performed higher than the state average in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. We are slightly below that State average for Maths but have reduced the gap and shown greater improvement than the State average in the last year. We have also achieved very strong levels of high growth in Writing for students as they have moved from years 7 to 9, which reflects the focus we have had on consistent approaches to this work over the last three years.
At year 7 the data reinforces the quality of the work of the main primary schools our students transition from, and in their first six months at MESC the NAPLAN data tells us we continue to develop our many high performing students and support and extend those with challenges.
Data can sometimes be confronting, but when used to question and reflect on the way we work with our students, it allows for a level of professionalism that I believe is expected by our community.
MESC is a school where we have developed a culture that allows for the highest levels of achievement to be produced by our very capable and aspirational students, whilst personalised learning and support for those less able is available, expected and provided.
This is a picture we are proud of because it is not necessarily one that applies across other schools.