I am wary of getting involved, but I also think the hypothetical is impossible to answer because no two schools are the same.
I have seen the way our school has changed with our new principal. Our NAPLAN performance has improved so much, but our kids are prepped for it an incredible amount. Our old principal didn't, because he was so deeply opposed to having one set of exams dictate a child's intelligence level. Here's a perfect example - one of my children has a friend who has a lot of trouble with reading. It's genetic, and this child gets tutored outside of school just to keep up with the work in class. This child is not dumb at all, just has a learning difficulty when it comes to reading that requires extra support. In NAPLAn this child manages to score incredibly high in reading. Higher than my child. My child sat exams for a selective highschool and got in. The other child would not have been selected, or survive in a selective highschool ( this kid is brilliant in their own ways...I am not knocking this child at all. This child has other skills more advanced than mine, but academically speaking, my child performs better in class). According to NAPLAN this child performs much better in reading than maths, but that's not the case at all.
One set of exams is not an accurate measurement of the individual child, therefore you can't accurately measure the school's performance by looking at NAPLAN.
Sometimes Naplan isn't indicative of the quality of a school or the opportunities your kids will have there. Then again sometimes it can be - if you think otherwise you are kidding yourself.
I went to a public highschool that was absolute rubbish. A lot of socially disadvantaged kids, fights, parents that cheered at fights, graffiti, more fights, bullying. Yes there were some good teachers however with all the crap going on it was very hard for them to give the students who wanted to learn their attention. And the really high calibre teachers wouldn't teach at the school as they didn't want to be at a school where they didn't feel safe. Students who wanted to learn (there were a few) got ok results however if they were in a different school where the teachers weren't as distracted then the world could have been their oyster.
Yes I checked myschools and my ****bag highschool is below average in terms of Naplan.
Not always, but sometimes, Naplan can be a red flag that parents might want to look into further.
@cheeeeesecake my experience with special needs is very different. Since the district support personnel was decimated in my local region, we have almost no support and very little money for it. We wait up to 15 months for public assessments of our students, and often recommend to parents that they pay for private ones.
Students to need to be in the bottom 1st or 2nd percentile to qualify for the minimal support, which is one hour a week. We top it up a little bit don't have the money to top it up a lot.
I have two students who qualify for A level support - I have a teacher's aide for 30 mins a day for three days for each of these students. This is laughable considering how far behind they are but it is better than nothing I suppose.
But in my class I also have a severely dyslexic student (no funding for support), an ESL student, a gifted student with a horrible home life and resultant anxiety who very rarely has food in her belly, a student with a parent who has attempted suicide multiple times, so she is always on edge waiting to get that call and suffers from panic attacks, two students with mild processing disorders, a student with anger management issues who has huge blowouts and tantrums, a student with anxiety who is seeing a psychologist and receiving CBT, a student with speech issues that affect his literacy and two students who repeated Year 1 and still struggle academically. I don't receive any extra 'support' for my class, and I am at the point of delivering individual curriculums to each student. I spend a significant amount of time talking through personal problems with my students because they need help with processing the crap that goes on in their lives before they are willing to learn.
I guess my point is that I can see how a consideration of extra support is relevant to a school choice, but also that ALL students need extra support for something. It may be academic, it may be social, it may be emotional.
I am in a Category 5 school on the disadvantage index (1 being the most 'disadvantaged') and this is what I deal with on a daily basis. I can't imagine how Category 1 schools even begin to think/care about NAPLAN. But some of these more disadvantaged schools actually attract the best teachers and that's important to remember.
I hate that 7 year olds are compared to other 7 year olds on the basis of one test on one day, and that already in society we are labelling them as average, above or below.
But, as a parent, I do understand how it has happened that NAPLAN results seem like a relevant factor because often times it is the only information that's out there. I would love that website to report student growth instead of results (which is also measured and reported on in these tests) because IMO that's a better indicator.
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