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Achieving growth in NAPLAN: characteristics of successful schools


Muir, T and Herbert, S and Livy, S and Callingham, R, Achieving growth in NAPLAN: characteristics of successful schools, Proceedings of the 2016 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, 27 November - 1 December 2016, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pp. 1-12. (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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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.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:assessment, NAPLAN, school improvement
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Muir, T (Associate Professor Tracey Muir)
UTAS Author:Callingham, R (Associate Professor Rosemary Callingham)
ID Code:114268
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-02-09
Last Modified:2017-12-18
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