St Luke's Anglican School, highest NAPLAN scores for Middle and Senior School students

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The top performing NAPLAN schools in Bundaberg have been revealed following the 2019 results release.

Students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 took part in the controversial nationwide standardised test in May.

The test is designed to measure students in literacy and numeracy and track progress.

Across the Bundaberg region found Year 3 and Year 5 students at St Luke's Anglican School got an average NAPLAN score of 4868 - the area's top performing primary school.

St Luke's Anglican School was Bundaberg's top performing high school. Their Year 7 and Year 9 students received an average NAPLAN score of 5863.

St Luke's principal Craig Merritt said the test was an important diagnostic tool to gauge how their students were progressing and also benchmark their curriculum.

"We don't see it as a competition between us and the other schools," he said.

"What we focus on is how the students do over time, and we look at what's happening in our curriculum to support those essential skills.

"We believe having a strong, creative and innovative curriculum, will help develop those strong literacy and numeracy skills within our students.

"It also helps us look at how the students progress over time, because education is about growth, it's about development and that's what we're looking for."

Mr Merritt praised education in the Bundaberg region and said NAPLAN wasn't used to rank our schools.

"Bundaberg is very lucky to have such a vibrant scene," he said.

"We've got a lot of great schools, sometimes NAPLAN results can be inconsistent but it's just something that happens.

"Bundaberg schools are doing very well."

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority CEO David de Carvalho said more than 50,000 students nationally re-sat the test after interruptions in the online test.

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