Galstaun College recognised by ACARA for above average gains in NAPLAN results

By | Wednesday, 09 March 2016


SYDNEY -  Hamazkaine’s Galstaun College has been recognised by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) as having demonstrated substantially above average gains in NAPLAN results for students who progress from Year 3 to Year 5 and from Year 7 to Year 9.

“This is a significant achievement and demonstrates that the College is taking the necessary measures in continuing to improve the academic achievements and standards of our students,” said Galstaun College Principal, Edward Demirdjian. “Such gains in NAPLAN results are rare and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire school body on this fantastic achievement.”

For Galstaun College to be identified with above average gain in NAPLAN it had to have demonstrated substantial improvement in reading, numeracy, or both, as follows:

  1. an overall gain that exceeds the national average by more than one standard deviation unit;   and
  2. an overall gain higher than the average shown by schools with similar students, by more than one standard deviation unit; and
  3. an overall gain higher than that shown by students with the same starting score, also by more than one standard deviation unit.

Mr Demirdjian added: “Galstaun College was one of only six schools in the state to achieve significant gains in NAPLAN for both numeracy and reading in High School."

"With strong HSC results in 2014 with the College being ranked in the top 12% in the state (including being ranked 8th out of 641 schools in HSC Mathematics) as well as over forty per cent of the cohort in 2015 attaining an ATAR above 80, the recent achievement in NAPLAN reinforces Galstaun College’s continuing commitment in providing quality education and delivering academic excellence in a safe and nurturing Armenian-Australian environment.”