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FNQ Interschool Chess Championships – Round 2 2019

Date:May 31, 2019

TAS Teams enjoyed excellent success in Round 2 of the FNQ Interschool Championships held on 28 May due to their


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Rd 1 2019

Date:March 12, 2019

It was great to see 294 students competing in Round 1 of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships last


Remembering Kara

Date:February 25, 2019

Today, we celebrated the life of much-loved teacher Miss Kara Pylypiuk.    The TAS Community is in mourning at the


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report – Finals 2018

Date:August 28, 2018

Finals of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were held on the 23 August with 372 students competing.  The


Trinity Day 2018

Date:June 8, 2018

We celebrated our 35th birthday at TAS this week, and were blessed to have Bishop Bill Ray deliver our Trinity


Stargazing World Record Attempt

Date:June 7, 2018

On Wednesday 23 May, over 300 people gathered at TAS to participate in the World Record Attempt for the Most


Principal’s Message – Trinity Day 2019

Date:June 17, 2019

For those who missed the Trinity Day message from Principal Paul Sjogren about the importance of the three pillars of


Principal’s Blog – Student Gain Analysis | NAPLAN

Date:June 5, 2019

NAPLAN Student Gain Analysis 2016 – 2018 data One way of measuring the quality of teaching and learning at a


TAS – Top 3% of Secondary Schools

Date:March 7, 2019

Dear TAS parent/carer, We were pleased to receive contact recently from the federal government’s Chair of the Standing Committee on


Year 12 Outcomes for Cairns Schools

Date:March 4, 2019

Dear TAS parent/carer, Some of you will have read the Cairns Post story last week on the Year 12 outcomes


Principal’s Blog 2019 – Response to Fees

Date:February 1, 2019

Dear Parents Welcome back to another exciting year. Some of you may have read a story in the Cairns Post


Learning, Believing, Achieving – Edition 1, Term 1/2019

Date:February 1, 2019

Sometimes an authentic experience reminds you of the good. I was driving my mother-in-law’s car up to Cairns recently, for


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Principal’s Blog – Student Gain Analysis | NAPLAN

Date: June 5, 2019    Posted by: Sue Wicks

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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