Achieving growth in NAPLAN: Characteristics of successful schools

Tracey Muir, Sandra Herbert, Sharyn Livy, Rosemary Callingham

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    Since 2008, Australian students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 have been assessed through the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). In 2015, the Office of the Chief Scientist commissioned a study into the processes used by schools that demonstrated successful outcomes in NAPLAN numeracy. A team of researchers across Australia conducted a total of 55 case studies in order to identify practices and policies that were consistent between successful schools. Data were gathered through surveys,classroom observations and interviews conducted with school leaders, teachers, students,and parents. Overall findings indicated there were a number of characteristics that were common to schools who achieved sustained growth in NAPLAN results. These characteristics included the development and implementation of policies that specifically supported numeracy learning and teaching, use of a variety of data sources to develop and refine mathematics teaching programs, team planning, strong numeracy leadership and a consistent school approach to teaching mathematics. This paper presents the findings from three case study schools as illustrative examples of how the identified characteristics were enacted in practice. The study has particular implications for policy makers and school leaders who may be seeking ways to develop consistent and effective mathematical practices in their own schools.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAARE 2016 : Transforming educational research
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Conference for the Australian Association for Research in Education : Transforming Education Research
    PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventInternational Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2016 - Melbourne Cricket Ground Function Centre, Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 27 Nov 20161 Dec 2016


    ConferenceInternational Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2016
    Abbreviated titleAARE 2016

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