Learning

Years 7 – 11 Academic Plenaries – date change

Please be advised that the dates for the Years 7 – 11 Academic Plenaries are incorrect in the Wall Calendar. The correct dates are:

  • Friday 3  May – 1pm-6.30pm
  • Monday 13  May – 3.30pm-6.30pm
  • Tuesday 21  May – 3.30pm-6.30pm

The dates are correctly reflected in the Student Handbook.

 

Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning

VALID Science Assessment 2018 Results

Students in Year 9 and Year 11 completed the Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development (VALID) test in 2018, when they were in Year 8 and Year 10 respectively. Their results were distributed to the students this week. The VALID Science test is an interactive, multimedia test which contains multiple choice, short response and extended response tasks that are grouped around real-world issues, including scientific investigations. This is a diagnostic test, with tasks framed on outcomes and essential content in the NSW Science Years K–10 Syllabus.

Students achieved some fantastic results and have shown immense growth in their understanding of science.

The highlights are:

Year 8 Results

  • The mean overall result for Loreto Normanhurst students was 96.6 whilst the State mean was 87.4
  • 9% of students achieved Level 6, which is the highest level –and 48.4 % achieved Level 5.
  • Of the 75 short answer questions, the school scored more than 10% above the State mean in 45 questions and was above the State mean in 73 questions.

Year 10 Results

The Year 10 test was interrupted by a failure of the DEC server, which affected students between 5 and 30 minutes. For this reason, the results were not used in any school-based reporting or for ROSA grades, however, they still provide students with valuable feedback on the content and type of questions they will continue to encounter in many subjects. Considering this, our student performance was quite remarkable and indicates their capacity for resilience in a challenging situation.

  • The mean overall result for Loreto Normanhurst students was 101.0 whilst the State mean was 89.9.
  • 6% of students achieved Level 6, which is the highest level – and 45.6 % achieved Level 5.
  • Of the 75 short answer questions the school was above the State mean for all questions and scored more than 10% above the State mean in 45 questions.
  • Particularly pleasing was that 98/171 students achieved above expected growth when compared to their Year 8 results.

In addition to the test, students also completed a survey about their attitudes toward science and other subjects. This data has been used by the Science Faculty to redesign junior programs and inform teaching. It is very pleasing that these cohorts have reported a higher level of enjoyment and connection between the science they learn in class, and their everyday lives.

Congratulations to our Year 9 and 11 students on their fantastic performances and we look forward to continuing to work with them through 2019.

 

Mr David Little

Head of Science