How Toolooa State High keeps improving
These are the Gladstone schools that have improved their NAPLAN results the most in the last five years.
An analysis of five years' worth of NAPLAN results has revealed the schools that have improved their Year 5 and Year 9 student scores the most.
The Gladstone school that improved their Year 5 results the most between 2015 and 2019 was Yarwun State School, in Yarwun, where the average results across all subjects improved by 20.5 per cent.
Average Year 9 results at Toolooa State High School, in South Gladstone, increased by 0.9 per cent, the biggest improvement in Gladstone.
The analysis compared each school's combined results for each NAPLAN subject in 2015 and compared to the same results in 2019.
Gladstone's second biggest improvement in Year 5 results over those five years was Miriam Vale State School, in Miriam Vale, where scores increased 16.8 per cent.
The third biggest Year 5 improver was Gladstone Central State School, in Gladstone Central, where results increased 3.3 per cent over the five-year period.
Gladstone's 10 Year 5 NAPLAN improvers over five years:
- Yarwun State School: 20.5 per cent
- Miriam Vale State School: 16.8 per cent
- Gladstone Central State School: 3.3 per cent
- Boyne Island State School: 3.0 per cent
- Tannum Sands State School: 2.7 per cent
- Discovery Christian College: 2.5 per cent
- Trinity College: 1.9 per cent
- Agnes Water State School: 1.5 per cent
- Clinton State School: 1.4 per cent
- Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School: 0.8 per cent
Toolooa State High School principal Justin Harrison said he was "very proud" of the students' academic achievements.
"More specifically, I am extremely proud of the individual improvements that students have made, which is a goal that we have consistently worked towards," Mr Harrison said this week.
He said the school had focused on a quality-assured curriculum and assessment plan, which was enacted and contextualised across the school.
"There has been a strong commitment by all teachers to engage with curriculum clarity, calibration and moderation processes for each unit being taught, so they all have clear understanding of the key skills and content that needs to be specifically taught and can apply a consistent standard," he said.
Looking ahead, Mr Harrison said Toolooa had made a deliberate investment in curriculum development and teacher pedagogy, with a whole school timetable change that would begin next year and would allow for additional student-focused intentional collaboration.
"This change will enhance our ongoing commitment towards fostering a positive learning environment for all students," he said.