NAPLAN Results 2015
National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy
(NAPLAN) Results 2015
The National Assessment Program
– Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an Australia-wide testing program of
literacy and numeracy for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
NAPLAN provides data for
calculating the proportions of students achieving results at or above the national
minimum standard in each of five domains (Grammar and Punctuation, Numeracy, Reading,
Spelling and Writing). In 2015, 96% or more of Catholic school students in the
Archdiocese of Melbourne achieved results at or above the minimum standard in each of the domains
The Victorian Certificate of
Education (VCE) 2015
Satisfactory Completion Rates
An important measure of
schooling success is the rate of satisfactory completion of the Victorian
Certificate of Education (VCE). In 2015, 34 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese
of Melbourne (54.8%) had 100% of their eligible students satisfactorily complete the
VCE. A total of 59 schools (95.2%) had completion rates of at least 98%. There
were only three Catholic schools with completion rates of less than 98%.
the student level, 99.3% of eligible students satisfactorily completed the VCE.
Median Study Scores
The median study
score is considered to be the best indicator of the overall level of VCE
achievement in a school and it represents the 'typical' level of achievement of
the school's students. The average
median score is set at 30 for each study (with the maximum score being 50).
In 2015, the
average median study score for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne
was 30.7. A total of 46 Catholic schools (74.2%) were in the middle range of median
scores of 28–32. Twelve Catholic schools (19.4%) had median study scores above
32, while only four schools (6.5%) were in the 'below average' category.
VCE Study Scores of 40 or above.
A score of 40 or above in any
study represents exceptional performance (among the top 8%) in the state). In
2015 there were 15 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne (24.2%)
with more than 10% of the students' study scores at 40 or above.
Vocational Education and Training
(VET) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) 2015
Catholic schools are committed
to maximising such students' chances of completing Year 12 by providing an
appropriate range of study options, including opportunities in the Victorian
Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and the Vocational Education and
There continues to be evidence
of strong student participation in VET and VCAL.
From 2014 to 2015, the average
number of VET certificates offered in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne
fell from 22.6 to 20.8, however, the average number of VET enrolments per
school rose from 109.7 to 118.3.
From 2014 to 2015, the number
of Catholic schools offering VCAL rose from 52 to 62. The average number of
Catholic School students enrolled in VCAL rose from 33.2 to 34.5
In 2015, 40 Catholic schools
in the Archdiocese of Melbourne (64.5%) had their student’s complete VET units
of competency at rates better than 90%. Only three schools (4.8%) had rates lower
Thirteen schools (25.0%) had
their students complete 100% of their VCAL units in 2014. Conversely, five
schools (9.6%) had completion rates lower than 90%.
Student Destinations Post Year 12, 2014
1. Destinations of students leaving
Victorian schools after Year 12 (column percentages), Victorian
Catholic and all schools, 2010–2014
TAFE / VET
Apprentice / Trainee
Looking for work a
Source: On Track Survey
Data 2014 (provided by DET)
2015 data will be available in July 2016. (Students are not surveyed until six
months after leaving school.)
As indicated in Table 1, over
half (59.2%) of 2014 Year 12 leavers from Catholic schools who completed the On
Track survey, entered university.
This percentage has been steadily
increasing over the last five years for Victorian Catholic schools, although
the percentage has dropped in 2014 for all Victorian schools. The Catholic school
percentage has always remained around four to five percentage points higher
than the state figure, although this year it has risen to be exactly six
percentage points higher.
The incidence of Catholic
school leavers enrolling in a TAFE/VET course is slightly less than the state
figure (13.8% compared to 16.3%) and there has been a general downward trend in
TAFE/VET enrolments from
Catholic school students between 2010 and 2014.
The take-up of apprenticeships or traineeships increased slightly in the
Victorian Catholic sector between 2013 and 2014. The Catholic figures were lower than those of all schools in the labour
market destination categories, specifically in terms of employed (7.6% compared to 9.6%) and those looking for work (2.1%
compared to 3.6%). The ‘unemployed’ figure (i.e. the combined total of those
either looking for work or not in the labour force, education or training) was
2.4% which remained similar to the figure of each of the previous four years.
The percentage of students who deferred from study (9.1%) was the same as the
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