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Great Results in Recent Assessments

posted Nov 13, 2017, 12:10 AM by Principal account
We have recently received results from the Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment which our Year 3 and Year 5 students completed this year. The purpose of the assessment is to identify student learning in Religious Education. The mean score of our Year 3 and Year 5 students was above the average score of all participating Catholic primary schools in Western Australia. We are very proud of the hard work of our teachers and students, as well as the support of parents, that has enabled us to achieve greater than average results.

Over the past fortnight, staff have worked collaboratively to analyse the results of recent standardised assessments. In Weeks 2 and 3, students in Years 1 to 6 completed online PAT (Progressive Assessment Test) assessments in mathematics and reading comprehension. These assessments provide a source of valuable information regarding students’ growth in mathematics and reading, as well as helping staff develop teaching and learning programs that target students’ needs.

Inspired by Professor John Hattie’s work on ‘Visible Learning', we have used this data to calculate our impact on student achievement by measuring the effect size of our teaching. Using an effect size calculator, we can use data from assessments that have been conducted at two separate times over the course of a year to statistically see the impact of our teaching on our students. According to Hattie, any teacher achieving an effect size of greater than 0.4 is implementing teaching and learning strategies that enable their class to achieve greater than a year’s growth for a year’s input.

The effect size for all classes was over 0.4 in both reading comprehension and mathematics, showing that our teachers are supporting students to experience more than a year’s growth for a year in school. We were particularly pleased with our results in reading comprehension which show that in the space of 10 months, the effect size of each teacher has been at least 0.7; this equates to almost two year’s growth in only 10 months. This incredible growth is a tribute to our hard working teaching staff.
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