FEDERAL MP Andrew Laming has singled out last year’s Carmel College seniors as having achieved the best high school gains in the Redlands.
Mr Laming said his analysis compared OP data released on the weekend with the student’s year 9 Myschool Naplan scores.
“One in six Carmel College students achieved an OP above eight and given only one in eight were in the top two Naplan Bands back in year 9 that is quite a feat,” Mr Laming said.
“Examining the proportion of the entire senior year achieving an OP 15 or better against their Naplan starting position, again had Carmel College on top.
Mr Laming said Sheldon College’s seniors from last year were the next high-gain cohort, followed by Redlands College.
“Then came Victoria Point State High School which had its best year in recent memory, pipping Alexandra Hills State High School which remains a consistent high performer,” Mr Laming said.
“This analysis … adjusts for schools with low Naplan sitting rates and schools that discourage students from OP programs.”
Mr Laming said his gain measure slightly disadvantaged wealthier students because their students start from a higher base.
“(Looking at gains) removes the advantage that wealthy schools have because these institutions are more likely to enrol advantaged students to start with,” he said.
Mr Laming said the analysis examined students who achieved top three Naplan bands or OPs above 15.
“This means that schools are not disadvantaged for enrolling high-need or Naplan-exempt students,” he said.
Carmel College has been asked for comment.
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