GOOD RESULTS: Matthew Flinders students Bede Hooper (back) and Benjamin Haigh are pleased with the school’s NAPLAN results.
GOOD RESULTS: Matthew Flinders students Bede Hooper (back) and Benjamin Haigh are pleased with the school’s NAPLAN results. Warren Lynam

NAPLAN shows Coast schools are doing well

SUNSHINE Coast schools have performed admirably, according to NAPLAN results released this week.

Buderim's Matthew Flinders Anglican College was among the high-flyers, with its Year 3, 5 and 7 students recording almost perfect 100% results across five disciplines.

Its lowest percentage of students above the national average was 91% of Year 9 students for writing.

NAPLAN tests students on competency in five areas: reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.

It also assesses if they are above or below the national minimum standard.

Matthew Flinders principal Dr Eddie Groughan said the results were pleasing and a credit to teachers and students, but that the college did not taper its teaching to target NAPLAN testing.

"On face value the results are highly pleasing," Dr Groughan said.

"The college view is that the NAPLAN testing is ... only one benchmarking measure of a student's academic capabilities."

Mountain Creek State High School principal Cheryl McMahon was chuffed at the results of her Year 9 students, given more than 300 students were tested.

"We're very proud of what they've (students and teachers) achieved," she said.

Ms McMahon thought NAPLAN was providing the school with valuable feedback on teaching programs.

Caloundra State School achieved similarly encouraging results; with every year level tested achieving at or above the national minimum standards.

COAST SNAPSHOT (Lowest % above national minimum standard):

  •  Matthew Flinders Anglican College: 91% in Year 9 writing
  •  Maroochydore SHS: 71% in Year 9 writing
  •  Maroochydore State School: 70% in Year 7 writing
  •  Noosa District SHS: 68% in Year 9 writing
  •  Mountain Creek State School: 90% in Year 7 reading
  •  Mountain Creek SHS: 84% in Year 9 writing
  •  Sunshine Coast Grammar School: 92% in Year 9 writing
  •  Caloundra State School: 92% in Year 3 spelling
  •  Caloundra SHS: 86% in Year 9 writing
  •  Noosaville State School: 78% in Year 5 writing

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