Mercy Students Excel in NAPLAN

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Mercy Students Excel in NAPLAN

Mercy College students have excelled in the 2018 NAPLAN assessments.

The Koondoola K-12 school has been identified by Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) as having demonstrated a substantially above average gain in reading and/or numeracy achievement, as measured by NAPLAN assessments for Years 3-5 and Years 7-9. 

With more than 60 per cent of the school’s students with English as a second language, Principal Julie Hornby said the outstanding results could be attributed to continually looking at strategies to assist groups of students as well as individuals.

“We focus on explicit instruction in English and mathematics, using learning intentions, success criteria, checking for understanding and well thought out lessons scaffolded for all students,” she said.

Targeted Curriculum Plans and Individual Education Plans have been implemented for students requiring further intervention and there is an Enrichment Centre supporting students coming into the secondary years with low literacy.

Mercy employs the SEW Model, an evidence-based strategy which informs practice and provides a common language for learning.

“SEW focuses on attention to detail in teaching and learning Style, the learning Environment, and Work planned and assessed,” Ms Hornby said.

“In turn, Students needs are being met, Engagement takes place and Work is differentiated.

"We have a collective belief that with good teaching we can make a difference to student outcomes.”

Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) is committed to providing the best learning and development opportunities for every Catholic school student across the State.