REVEALED: The Coast school ranked #1 in Queensland
NEW statistics have revealed Good Shepherd Lutheran College is among the top five independent schools in Queensland for improving senior students' performance.
Federal Coalition MP Andrew Laming conducted an analysis of Queensland NAPLAN and OP data to determine which high schools have materially boosted the performance of their students in Years 9 to 12.
On 612 ABC radio last week, as a part of the discussion regarding Year 12 OP outcomes, Mr Laming identified Good Shepherd as a top independent school in Queensland according to this analysis.
Mr Laming contacted the College to share this news and to explain the basis for this recognition.
According to Mr Laming, although the analysis of performance involves a number of stages, it includes Year 9 NAPLAN results adjusted for higher or lower than expected participation and OP outcomes adjusted for higher or lower than expected OP eligibility.
Mr Laming said Good Shepherd was the top independent school in Queensland for at least one of the study's measures.
According to Mr Anthony Dyer, Principal at Good Shepherd Lutheran College, this recognition of academic gain compliments a strong record of OP outcomes.
"In 2016, 58% of the total Good Shepherd Year 12 cohort received an OP1-10, which was the second highest on the Sunshine Coast," Mr Dyer said.
Mr Dyer said there were many factors leading to successful outcomes for students.
"The value placed on each student and our commitment to each student achieving to their potential is a crucial factor," Mr Dyer said.
"Also a positive culture which includes students maintaining a strong but balanced commitment to achieving academically as well as student support by talented staff, their family and peers is important."
Mr Dyer was also keen to point out that while public recognition is affirming for the college, the college recognises that a student's experience and any measure of success is much wider than the individual's OP or a cohort's OP statistic.
"We are proud of the fine young adults who graduated in 2016 and look forward to hearing of their next steps," Mr Dyer said.