Top NAPLAN schools revealed
Top NAPLAN schools revealed Toowoomba Chronicle

Mackay's top NAPLAN schools revealed

THE top performing primary school students in Mackay have been revealed after a major analysis of 2018 NAPLAN scores.

The detailed analysis of results across Queensland found Year 5 students at St Brendan's Catholic Primary School improved their NAPLAN scores more than any other cohort in the Mackay 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 St Brendan's Catholic Primary School improved their average scores 30.0 points from Year 3 to Year 5, the biggest improvement in Mackay.

The second most improved school was St John Bosco Catholic School where average scores improved 27.4 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.

Mackay's most improved schools

St Brendan's Catholic Primary School: 30.0 point increase

St John Bosco Catholic School: 27.4 point increase

Nebo State School: 26.0 point increase

Coningsby State School: 22.0 point increase

Seaforth State School: 19.8 point increase

Calen District State College: 19.6 point increase

Glenden State School: 18.2 point increase

St Mary's Catholic Primary School: 17.2 point increase

Mackay West State School: 17.0 point increase

Walkerston State School: 13.6 point increase