Gympie's most improved NAPLAN schools revealed
THE top performing primary school students in Gympie have been revealed after a major analysis of 2018 NAPLAN scores.
The detailed analysis of results across Queensland found Year 5 students at Kandanga State School improved their NAPLAN scores more than any other cohort in the Gympie region.
To find how each cohort improved the school's average NAPLAN score was compared to the state's average score for 2016 Year 3 and 2018 Year 5.
Students at Kandanga State School improved their average scores 104.8 points from Year 3 to Year 5, the biggest improvement in Gympie.
The second most improved school was Rainbow Beach State School where average scores improved 48.0 points from Year 3 to Year 5.
Across Queensland the most improved school was Lowood State School where the Year 5 cohort improved the average NAPLAN score by 76 points compared to their 2016 results.
The NAPLAN test remains controversial among educators and parents with concerns it does not fully capture everything a student learns at school.
A Queensland Government response to an independent review of the test stated NAPLAN remained important to maintain school accountability.
At the time Queensland education minister Grace Grace called for a nation-wide review of the test.
But the test is seen as an important way to view a school cohort at one moment in time and schools use the results to improve teaching.
Gympie's most improved schools
Kandanga State School: 104.8 point increase
Rainbow Beach State School: 48.0 point increase
St Patrick's Primary School: 25.4 point increase
Gympie West State School: 23.0 point increase
Mary Valley State College: 22.8 point increase
Amamoor State School: 17.0 point increase
Kin Kin State School: 15.4 point increase
Gympie Central State School: 11.2 point increase
Gympie East State School: 8.8 point increase
Chatsworth State School: 8.2 point increase