NAPLAN report card we can all be proud of

EDITORIAL: In isolation, most statistics mean very little. It is when they are compared to other figures that a true picture is shown.

This is why the most recent NAPLAN results are such an important milestone for our schools.

They show not just where we stand but more importantly, exactly how much we've improved.

It is no faint praise from education minister John-Paul Langbroek to single out Aldridge, Hervey Bay and Urangan State High Schools as some of the most-improved in Queensland.

The students, teachers and principals have worked hard to recognise their weaknesses and build on their strengths.

The schools can't do it alone though - credit must also be given to the parents, the P&C committees, the sports coaches and many more people who have helped these children reach their potential inside the classroom.

Education is far more than just "book learning" and no school should be judged on grades alone.

Sliding scales of "best to worst" schools do nothing to improve our educational standards - the difference is made by all of the people who go above and beyond to help children learn, whether they're teachers, parents or the lollipop lady.

It takes a whole community to ensure children are invested in their own educations, so these latest results are an achievement the Fraser Coast should be proud of.

Congratulations to all of our young students, and congratulations to every person who has helped them along the way.



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