Majority Of The Australian Private School Oppose The Publication of NAPLAN Data

I have not done one of this type of blog for a while, but this popped up recently and cannot resist commenting on it. The article I am referring to it Majority of private school heads oppose publishing NAPLAN on the SMH.

A third responded, and more than half (55 per cent) of those believed the NAPLAN data made publicly available on the My School website did not strike an appropriate balance between the right to information and the possibility of misinterpretation or abuse.

Some 68 per cent said the data should not be published on My School. They were most worried that it conveyed a narrow understanding of a successful education, a narrow view of student achievement, and a short-term view of student progress.

I personally think blocking and reducing access to information plus data is very counterproductive. If people have trouble understanding the data, we should be educating and help them with it. Hidding the data is very much a knee jerking reaction and does not help anyone at all.

Everyone and especially me understand NAPLAN result is not the only thing that represents a particular school. However, NAPLAN really gave me a really good and unique insight into Australian education. I have poured weeks of my life into looking at and studying the NAPLAN data. So let us educate people on what it is and how to properly interpret them, but not restricting the access to the data. I believe I have done an entry on this previously and will highlight them again in a later blog entry.

Margaret Hendry School

This is the priority enrolment area for Margaret Hendry School in ACT/Canberra. You can search for a particular school or address in the search box in the top right-hand corner of the embedded map or zoom into an area of interest on the map.

“Priority Enrolment Area” which is what a particular address is zoned for the particular school. When discussed from the perspective of a particular school is often referred to as one of the following terms.

  • School Zone
  • School intake area
  • School catchment
  • Priority Intake Area

As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full ACT Public School Priority Enrolment Area (Catchment) Map by following this link.

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Majura Primary School

This is the priority enrolment area for Majura Primary School in ACT/Canberra. You can search for a particular school or address in the search box in the top right-hand corner of the embedded map or zoom into an area of interest on the map.

“Priority Enrolment Area” which is what a particular address is zoned for the particular school. When discussed from the perspective of a particular school is often referred to as one of the following terms.

  • School Zone
  • School intake area
  • School catchment
  • Priority Intake Area

As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full ACT Public School Priority Enrolment Area (Catchment) Map by following this link.

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Updated ACT/Canberra Primary School Priority Enrolment Area/Catchment For 2019

This is just an update of ACT/Canberra primary school’s priority enrolment area for 2019. It does not mean the zone was changed from 2018. Last time I have gone over the ACT’s school zone was in 2017.

  • Amaroo Primary School zone only covers Gungahlin and a very small part of Jacka.
  • New Primary school Margaret Hendry School which is a new P to 6 schools which opened in 2019 covers the suburb of Moncrieff, Jacka and Taylor. It also shares the suburb of Casey with Gold Creek Primary School.
  • Amaroo Primary School now no longer have the suburb of Moncrieff as part of its priority enrolment area.
  • Aranda Primary School now Covers the suburb Aranda and shares the suburb of Cook with Macquarie Primary School. The suburb of Bruce is no longer part of Aranda Primary School and now part of priority enrolment area of Maribyrnong Primary School.
  • Bonython Primary School priority enrolment area shrunk to the south and no longer contain any part of the suburb of Gordon. Correspondingly this part is now priority enrolment area of Gordon Primary School.
  • The suburb of Chifley and north of Pearson are no longer shared Priority Enrolment Area between Mawson and Torrens Primary School.
  • The suburb of Ford is no longer part of the Harrison Primary School’s priority enrolment area instead it is part of the Neville Bonner Primary School’s.
  • Minor adjustment of Turner Primary School’s priority enrolment area to the eastern side, these all looked like none residential area, so should not matter in terms of enrolment.

“Priority Enrolment Area” which is what a particular address is zoned for the particular school. When discussed from the perspective of a particular school is often referred to as one of the following terms.

  • School Zone
  • School intake area
  • School catchment
  • Priority Intake Area

As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full ACT Public School Priority Enrolment Area (Catchment) Map by following this link.

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Updated ACT/Canberra High School Priority Enrolment Area/Catchment For 2019

I have updated the ACT/Canberra’s secondary school’s priority intake area, this covers from year 7 to 10 (high school) and the year 11 to 12 (college). The changes are as following, please note the changes are not necessarily what happened in 2019, just between now and last time I reviewed the data.

  • Suburb Florey is now exclusive priority enrolment area for Belconnen High School, it is no longer shared with Melba Copland Secondary School. This happened in the last year or two. The map on the Melba Copland’s website from 2011 still sites Florey as part of its Priority Enrolment Area.
  • Gold Creek School (Year 7 to 10) slight adjustment to the north covering the suburb of Taylor. The suburb is actually part of the Priority Enrolment Area already in 2018 but suburb name is not listed as part, I am not sure why that is the case.
  • Amaroo School (Year 7 to 10) expanded to the north as well covering the suburb of Jacka. I had not reviewed the catchment in last year for ACT, it likely happened recently as well. This is not a significant change as Jacka was not covered by any other school previously.

“Priority Enrolment Area” which is what a particular address is zoned for the particular school. When discussed from the perspective of a particular school is often referred to as one of the following terms.

  • School Zone
  • School intake area
  • School catchment
  • Priority Intake Area

As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full ACT Public School Priority Enrolment Area (Catchment) Map by following this link.

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