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    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%.

    At 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 Training (VET). 

    Participation

    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

    Achievement

    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 than 80%.

    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

    TABLE 1.  Destinations of students leaving Victorian schools after Year 12 (column percentages), Victorian Catholic and all schools, 2010–2014

      

    Victorian Catholic schools 

    All Victorian schools 

    Destination 

    2010 

    2011 

    2012 

    2013 

    2014 

    2010 

    2011 

    2012 

    2013 

    2014 

    University 

    54.4

    56.9

    58.3

    58.8

    59.2

    49.4

    52.0

    53.2

    54.9

    53.2

    TAFE / VET

    16.8

    15.8

    14.2

    14.5

    13.8

    18.2

    17.1

    15.8

    15.8

    16.3

    Apprentice / Trainee

    8.1

    7.7

    8.2

    7.6

    7.9

    7.9

    7.4

    7.1

    6.9

    7.5

    Employed a 

    8.5

    7.7

    8.3

    7.5

    7.6

    10.8

    9.8

    10.2

    9.0

    9.6

    Looking for work a 

    1.8

    1.6

    2.1

    2.1

    2.1

    3.0

    3.0

    3.6

    3.5

    3.6

    Deferred

    10.1

    9.9

    8.7

    9.3

    9.1

    10.3

    10.3

    9.7

    9.5

    9.1

    NILFET b 

    0.3

    0.4

    0.2

    0.3

    0.3

    0.4

    0.4

    0.4

    0.4

    0.5

    Total c 

    100.0 

    100.0 

    100.0 

    100.0 

    100.0 

    100.0 

    100.0 

    100.0 

    100.0 

    100.0 

    1. Figures exclude students who deferred.
    2. Not in labour force, education or training.
    3. Totals may not always equal exactly 100% due to rounding of individual percentages.

    Source: On Track Survey Data 2014 (provided by DET)

    Note: 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 state figure.

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