Emerald Christian College Year 3 students with their teacher Miss Katya and principal Mr Johnston.
Emerald Christian College Year 3 students with their teacher Miss Katya and principal Mr Johnston.

Results please principal

THE only way the trend line is going for Emerald Christian College is up.

That is according to principal Graeme Johnston who is pleased with the college's outcome in the recent national testing in Queensland.

The results of the 2011 school-by-school National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy have been released for parents to see how their kids' schools are performing compared to others in the area.

Emerald Christian College had improved by 4% since last year's NAPLAN results and has achieved higher averages across all tested grades compared to other schools in Emerald.

"According to our analysis, the difference, except in Year 5, our averages did better than everyone else in town," he said. "We outdid state schools by 8.8%."

Mr Johnston puts the college's success down to stable staff who are consistent in their teaching methods and parents who are supporting their children to achieve well in school.

"We simply teach consistently all year round and teach the kids that assessment is not something to be frightened of," he said.

"Our trend line is good but we hope to improve by another 8% to be above national average."

NAPLAN tests the reading, persuasive writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation of Years 3,5,7 and 9 across the state.

The results were released on the Queensland Studies Authority website with Year 3 students achieving the strongest results for this year level since the NAPLAN testing began in 2008.

Central Highlands schools posted good results around the region with Blackwater, Clermont and Emerald State High schools included in the list for most improved schools.


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