Toowoomba's most improved NAPLAN schools revealed
THE top performing primary school students in Toowoomba have been revealed after a major analysis of 2018 NAPLAN scores.
The detailed analysis of results across Queensland found Year 5 students at Geham State School improved their NAPLAN scores more than any other cohort in the Toowoomba 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 Geham State School improved their average scores 37.2 points from Year 3 to Year 5, the biggest improvement in Toowoomba.
The second most improved school was Glenvale Christian School where average scores improved 34.4 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.
Toowoomba's most improved schools
Geham State School: 37.2 point increase
Glenvale Christian School: 34.4 point increase
Sacred Heart Primary School: 32.6 point increase
Rockville State School: 32.2 point increase
Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School: 32.0 point increase
Helidon State School: 27.8 point increase
St Stephen's School: 24.4 point increase
Fairview Heights State School: 23.4 point increase
Clifton State School: 22.6 point increase
Vale View State School: 20.4 point increase