“It was very impressive,” Professor Hattie said. “What impressed us was the evidence they had on what worked and what didn’t work, and what would work and what didn’t work.”
Many in the education sector are still working on how to use data effectively in the classroom, but Professor Hattie said Lindfield’s system for collecting student work examples, tracking progress on NSW standards and curriculum, and receiving feedback from students “was actually astounding. us, “he said. “I’ve never seen a better system.”
One of the strengths of the school was its ability to assess itself and discard anything that did not work. Not all children achieve brilliantly every day, however [teachers at Lindfield] was able to select these children and topics and focus on them, ”said Professor Hattie.
“I’ve done enough of these [reviews to know] they do not always work as well as this one. To say they are perfect is not true, but they told us before we figured out where to grow. “
The report also found that Lindfield’s NAPLAN results were comparable to similar schools, and its participation and student satisfaction were higher than average. However, it can be improved in arithmetic skills.
Latham said the report looked encouraging. “But overall, we would expect Lindfield students, in the highest socio-economic area of the state, to get good school results and strong opportunities in life,” he said. “My biggest concern is not having racist comments and police slander hanging from the ceiling in a 5-6 classroom.”
Wong said the February furore felt like “an attack on our ability to make decisions about which school to send our children to,” he said. The parents threw their support behind the teachers and principal and filled the hallways with messages of support.
Parents have read the report and are “pretty happy,” Mr Wong said. “It was not surprising to me. It was quite spot on. We took a bit of a risk when parents sent our children to this school, and although we do not really need a report to tell us how the school is doing, it’s always nice to have it validated by an external authority.
“The way most of us rate school success is feedback from our children. I have a year 9, a year 2 and a kindy; they all love going to school. They have an environment where they want to learn.”
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