Catholic schools among significant NAPLAN achievers

08/03/2017

The latest release of data on the Federal Government’s My School website underlines the high quality, value for money education being offered by Catholic schools in Queensland.

Executive Director of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM, said it was especially pleasing to see 13 Queensland Catholic schools among those where significant gains had been made in NAPLAN results.

“It’s wonderful to see the students in these schools making strong gains with the support of teachers and parents,” Dr Perry said.

“Schools from Cairns to Brisbane, from Darra to Dalby are among those making significant improvements in literacy and numeracy.

Dr Perry said while the results are encouraging and NAPLAN is an important source of information about how students are progressing, they should be viewed as one of many sources of data about student learning.

“There are many aspects of learning and development that Catholic schools look at to get the full picture of how well students are progressing and engaging with school,” she said.

Dr Perry said the updates to My School also emphasised the important contribution parents make in Catholic schools.

“The latest data shows that funding per student from all governments in Queensland Catholic schools is $10,484.

“That equates to less than 85 per cent of what taxpayers contribute to each student in a state school.

“The financial contribution of families is vital to keeping Catholic schools running and ensuring parents have the widest possible choice in education for their children.”

Dr Perry said while the My School website provided useful data for families deciding on future education options for their children, Catholic schools welcomed personal inquiries and visits from families considering enrolment.

“Our schools place a strong emphasis on community and the best way to get a feel for that is to visit a school, talk to the principal and teachers and get a better understanding of whether it will be the right fit for the student,” Dr Perry said.

 

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Date: 8 March 2017

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