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White Rock Junior Chess Championships 2020

Date:August 21, 2020

On Thursday 20 August, a record 112 WRJ students from Year 2-6 participated in the WRJ Chess Championship 2020. All


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Rd 2 2020

Date:June 15, 2020

Round 2 of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships was held on the 12th of June. The wizardry of


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Rd 1 2020

Date:March 5, 2020

Round 1 of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships was held on 3 March. The Bishop Centre was bursting


Principal’s Welcome Event- 2020

Date:January 6, 2020

Principal Paul Sjogren and the TAS teaching community would like to welcome all TAS parents, new and existing, to join


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Finals 2019

Date:August 26, 2019

The Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Finals were held in the Bishop Centre 22 August. Dedication, preparation and good sportsmanship


2019 Gala Concert | Friday 30 August

Date:August 5, 2019

No entry fee – all welcome.    


Parents and Staff – Rethinking TikTok

Date:August 18, 2020

Your privacy matters Currently, there are multiple conversations being held around the world as to the safety, security, privacy, addiction


Leo Lin (Year 12) reflects on his recent QUT STEM Internship

Date:July 23, 2020

Recently Grace Belson & Leo Lin (Year 12), were awarded a place in the QUT STEM Research Internship program. 2020.


Principals Blog: Edition 3, 2020

Date:June 15, 2020

Dear TAS community,  Every now and then I receive an email that I feel the need to share, because it


Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) stance on Year 11 & 12 return to school

Date:April 27, 2020

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) have called on the Queensland Government to allow all Year 11 and 12 students to return


Principals Blog: A deeper look at the data – the story of a regional standout

Date:February 17, 2020

We were delighted to see the TAS class of ’19, the last group to ever receive an OP, placed #24


Principals Blog: Edition 1, 2020

Date:February 4, 2020

Dear TAS community, As a Principal, receiving communications such as the one I recently received is one of the role’s


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Principal’s Blog – Student Gain Analysis | NAPLAN

Date: June 5, 2019    Posted by: Alana Ripepi

NAPLAN Student Gain Analysis

2016 – 2018 data

One way of measuring the quality of teaching and learning at a school is to compare student gain in NAPLAN.

Data from the Myschool website was analysed to measure student gain between 2016 and 2018 (the most recent available data) in selected Cairns schools. Growth between 2016 and 2018 was analysed between Year 3 to 5 and Year 7 to 9. The Year 5 to 7 data was not analysed due to the large number of students who change schools at the beginning of Year 7, which makes the data non-indicative.

Two measurements were created. The starting mean score across the 3 main strands in Year 3, 2016 or Year 7, 2016 gives a starting score. Then the student gain over 2 years was measured as a comparison to the national mean gain across Australia to give a gain score. Student gain is a useful tool as per the ACARA website: “Student gain is a way to measure the impact the school has had on student progress. That is, … it is more likely that any differences in gain made by schools are related to the teaching and learning capabilities of the school”. We use the gain measured between students at the same starting score across Australia which minimizes the impact of socioeconomic background as a variable. This then leads to a total score. It should be noted that the higher the starting score the more difficult it is to create student gain. In addition, it is not possible to determine whether the reason for high Year 3 or Year 7 mean starting scores is due to high achieving enrolments, successful teaching and learning, or a combination of both.

NB: the 3 main strands analysed are Reading, Writing and Numeracy (as per the My School website data availability)




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