March 7, 2019, Principal

Principal’s Blog: TAS Top 3% of Secondary Schools

We were pleased to receive contact recently from the federal government’s Chair of the Standing Committee on Employment, Education, and Training, Mr Andrew Laming MP. I have included an excerpt below. This federal government committee runs an analysis of the data for graduating cohorts based on the changes in their Year 9 NAPLAN results in 2015 and their Year 12 OP outcomes in 2018. In summary, Trinity Anglican School is ranked in the top 3% of secondary schools in Queensland for value-adding (also called “growth in learning”) – a truly amazing result.

This committee has been monitoring growth in learning for schools across Australia – adjusting for inconsistent data and which students sit which assessments. Andrew has advised me it is unusual for a school such as TAS, with already strong Year 9 NAPLAN results in 2015, to have such a high rate of student improvement between Year 9 and Year 12.

This is truly an outstanding result and a worthy reflection of the efforts of students, staff and families. Our internal measures have always indicated one of the key strengths of a TAS education is the large growth in learning that occurs. We believe that students can reach the best version of their academic selves through the support, encouragement and culture at TAS. However, it is often difficult to quantify this. My thanks to the federal government for doing so!

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