Rockingham schools score below average NAPLAN results

Emily SharpSound Telegraph
Rockingham schools score below average NAPLAN results
Camera IconRockingham schools score below average NAPLAN results Credit: Sound Telegraph

New statistics show students at Rockingham primary schools are underperforming compared to their State and national equivalents.

The 2015 NAPLAN results indicate all five primary schools in Rockingham are below the WA average and substantially lower than the Australian standard in one or more areas.

Figures indicate Rockingham Beach Primary Campus results from Years 3 and 5 were below the average compared to similar schools and substantially below national results in seven of 10 tests.

Bungaree Primary School was substantially below the average of both comparable institutions and national schools in all Year 5 tests.

A Department of Education spokesman said although Rockingham results were lower than institutions across Australia, this was also the case for most schools in low socio-economic areas.

The spokesman said the current method of displaying results measured “disadvantage rather than school performance and progress”, and discussions with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority were under way to review the process.

Bungaree PS principal Janine Kinninment said the school had been making similar progress to the rest of the State and country over recent years, despite below-average results in 2015.

“Our parents are demonstrating increased commitment to the school and we have been selected by Fogarty EDvance, which seeks to improve the educational outcomes of children in low socio-economic communities, to work in partnership with them over the next three years,” she said.

Although Rockingham Beach PS results were below the national achievement standard in 2015, students made greater progress from Year 3 to Year 5 than similar schools across Australia.

Principal Jacqui O’Donnell said the better-than-average progress showed the school’s targeted approach to supporting all students was working.

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