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    Default Poor NAPLAN results for local school...

    Should I be concerned? Had a squiz at the my school website out of curiosity and the local primary school was significantly lower than the state average- a very high percentage were in the lower/lower middle bands.

    We are in what is regarded as a low socio economic area but the other primary schools in the area outperformed this one (not by a great percentage though).

    Are NAPLAN results really reflective of a good school?

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    IMO no, they're not. There's a lot of 'prep' that often goes in to NAPLAN tests...lots and lots of practice in to the lead up. It's very possible that the school didn't worry about NAPLAN and just got on with teaching the kids the curriculum, especially if they are a school with a high percentage of kids who need extra learning support...they quite possibly figured that preparing for NAPLAN was a waste of time.
    I would just have a meeting with the principal closer to the time for your child to start school, and just ask them about them. It will be a much better gauge on the school than what the my school website will. FWIW I didn't even look at the my school website when choosing a school for my kids, just went and had meetings with the principals. The school my kids are at apparently doesn't rate greatly on the my school website, but it's an incredible school.

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    I would go off local feedback. My definition of a good school is one that supports my child, protects her from bullying, and helps her be the best that she can be. Not how high she scores on a random test.

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    No I don't think they are at all.

    My DDs go to a school that has well above average NAPLAN results, but the amount of pressure there is and the preparation they put in is ridiculous.

    DD11 can now write a great persuasive text but can not write a narrative to save her life. She spent end of yr 2, year 3, end of year 4 and year 5 writing persuasive texts in preparation for the NAPLAN.

    This is exactly why the results shouldn't be on the myschool website. I couldn't even tell you what her individual results were as I looked quickly and threw it in a safe place (that I can't remember).

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    Why do they publish the results of the NAPLAN then if it's misleading or not important?
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    Not at all. Please don't choose the school according to this.

    The first flaw in myschool is the school gets its marks by being compared with similar schools. And most of the time the similar schools they are compared with are not similar at all. As an example, the school I work at is not compared to one other school in the local area which would be the same demographic, but instead compared with isolated rural coastal schools or inner city schools whose complexities are just so different to ours.

    The other thing myschool doesn't show is other programs the school offers. My children's school offer sports, the arts etc.

    My daughter performed at the performing arts concert last year that many public schools in the area perform at as well. It's a huge annual event for local public schools and she is in it again this year.

    This is a screen shot of my son and daughter's school from myschool and I'm sure it would scare people off but I couldn't be happier with the school and what they offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post
    Why do they publish the results of the NAPLAN then if it's misleading or not important?
    Because bast majority of parents want to know and think NAPLAN is the be all and end all.

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    Default Poor NAPLAN results for local school...

    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    I would go off local feedback. My definition of a good school is one that supports my child, protects her from bullying, and helps her be the best that she can be. Not how high she scores on a random test.
    I can't thank this enough. Having been at a school with good naplan but dreadful bullying problems naplan is so not part of the reason why I would choose a school.

    Talk to people who know the school. My sisters kids school performs terribly on naplan because they are known to accept kids with lots of additional needs and have a wonderful support program for those kids that other schools would neglect.
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    Look at the fluctuations in NAPLAN results rather than just one year.

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    I honestly never even thought to look at Naplan when choosing my child's school.
    I went on feedback from other parents, what the school offered and wjat the principle was like (awesome) and of course I went off my own gut instinct and ehat my dd wanted.
    We are so happy with the school we chose

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