BGS NAPLAN 2017 Highlights
The School is proud of the efforts of all the students who participated in National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing in 2017. We continue each year to improve ourselves as an institution and to challenge every boy to achieve his personal best. While making meaning of the NAPLAN data necessarily requires close and contextualised analysis, the highlights of the 2017 testing for BGS include:
- Best performed school in Queensland overall in Year 9.
- Best performed school for boys in Queensland across all measures in Years 5, 7, 9.
- Best performed school in Queensland in numeracy in Years 7 and 9.
What is NAPLAN?
NAPLAN is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests the types of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken every year in the second full week in May.
What is the purpose of NAPLAN?
The National Assessment Program (NAP) is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools and the community can determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes. NAPLAN is intended to be used by schools for:
- Driving improvements
A broad liberal education and external testing at BGS
Since its inception in 1868 Brisbane Grammar School, both non-selective and non-denominational, has remained committed to providing a broad liberal education to the young men of Queensland. The advantages of a BGS education are comprehensive and lifelong and transcend the narrow measures by which any system of external testing might define student achievement. Moreover, an education characterised by breadth and balance and committed to developing effective thinkers, while providing the best preparation for life and the future, also enables students to perform highly in testing situations of all kinds.
BGS has consistently proven itself the leading academic school in the state over the 25 years of the OP system and the 10 years of NAPLAN, just as the annual admission of our students to the world’s leading universities and the raft of nationwide higher education scholarships offered further attest to the opportunities and pathways that we enable young men to access.
How does BGS use NAPLAN data?
The real value of NAPLAN is to be found in the opportunities for improvement that the data potentially provide. BGS has already commenced applying its systems of learning analytics to identify learning trends in and across year groups and to focus on detailed information about how individual students are performing and thereby intervene positively in their learning. NAPLAN data also provide an additional suite of evidence to the other measures of student progress we use, enhancing the school’s capacity for evidence-based decision making about curriculum, resourcing and classroom instruction.