The strategy that transformed Sydney school’s NAPLAN results

The strategy that transformed Sydney school’s NAPLAN results

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A school in Sydney’s west where one-fifth of year 3 students came in the bottom two bands of the NAPLAN reading test last year has now lifted all its year 3 students into the middle and top bands, after launching a three-year plan.

Nearly 62 per cent of year 3 students at Bethel Christian School in Mount Druitt came in the top two bands in the NAPLAN reading test this year, up from 42 per cent last year, and no students were in the bottom bands.

Bethel Christian School’s principal says students at risk of falling behind are now identified much earlier and able to catch up within the classroom.Credit:Edwina Pickles

Bethel, which was slightly behind statistically similar schools last year, is now significantly outperforming the others, which have an average of 47 per cent of students in the top two bands, as well as government schools where an average of 56 per cent are in the top bands.

The school is one of nearly 700 primary schools across NSW that has received funding for early intervention and instructional leaders to target students in kindergarten to year 2 who are at risk of falling behind, as part of the Berejiklian government’s literacy and numeracy strategy.