AFTER an analysis of educational outcomes for 2017 Queensland high school graduates the evidence is clear – Beaudesert State High School is the best of the schools around Brisbane.
The analysis was conducted by Bowman MP Andrew Laming, who chairs the parliamentary education and employment standing committee in Canberra.
Mr Laming said the win was not based on overall position scores.
“We are trying to steer away from using OP results as a measurement of a school’s performance,” he said.
“It’s not an accurate indication because schools can convince the students who are not as strong in board subjects not to go for an OP score.
“And if a school puts two students through and one of them gets an OP 5, they could then say that 50 per cent of their students achieved an OP 5.”
Mr Laming said the analysis compared educational predictions from the year 9 NAPLAN tests last year’s graduates completed in 2014 to what actually happened when the students reached year 12.
“The NAPLAN results suggested that only 28 per cent of those students from Beaudesert would go for an OP score,” he said.
“But 49 per cent of them got an OP – nearly twice as many as we predicted.
“This is a massive social benefit to these students and Beaudesert High demonstrated an amazing ability to get kids from a range of backgrounds to keep studying board subjects.”
Mr Laming said the high school was not only number one in the Brisbane area but was also ranked in the top 20 of 400 schools throughout Queensland.
Beaudesert State High School principal Alan Smith said he was thrilled at the news, which he saw as a result of staff dedication, students wanting to do well and the wide range of subjects available to senior students.
“Students in years 11 and 12 have 36 subjects to choose from and 22 of them are board subjects so that has meant we can cater to our students’ interests, abilities and career goals,” he said.
Mr Smith said the school did not have composite or overcrowded classes and even those classes with a small number of students had a teacher physically present.
“Our teachers are very dedicated to their students,” he said.
“A lot of them live locally or have their own children at the school, so they are very invested and want it to be the best for everyone.”