Rainworth State School is among the top performing primary schools based on the released NAPLAN 2019 Preliminary Results.

Rainworth State School follows top-ranking St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in Ascot. Ashgrove State School, Ashgrove;  St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, Corinda; and Indooroopilly State School, Indooroopilly round out the top five.

NAPLAN 2019 Outcomes for Rainworth State School

Year 3READWRITESPELLGPNMCY
Average Score554459459551459
% of students at or above NMS100%100%100%100%100%
Year 5READWRITESPELLGPNMCY
Average Score598523549613558
% of students at or above NMS100%100%100%100%100%
Source: NAPLAN 2019 data from Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

It is not at all surprising to see Rainworth State School ranking among the best primary schools in Queensland. Based on Good Education Group’s website showing Rainworth State School’s NAPLAN results from 2014 – 2017, the Bardon-based primary school has consistently done well, scoring well above the national average, in all areas: Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, and Numeracy.  

The Concerning 2019 Preliminary NAPLAN Writing Results

ACARA noted that NAPLAN results in writing for 2019 have revealed a “pleasing improvement”  from last year, especially that there was a noticeable decline in recent years across all year levels. 

“Schools have been making focused efforts for some time to address concerns about their students’ writing. Students are to be congratulated for this year’s improvement, especially Year 3 students, where the results are particularly encouraging,” ACARA CEO David de Carvalho said. 

Photo credit: State of Queensland (Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority) / qcaa.qld.edu.au

Despite the improvement in writing results, comparison of performance in writing by state and territory reveals that Queensland Year 9 students are the second least performing, just a step above the Northern Territory students, with only 77.6 percent of the cohorts meeting or above the national minimum standard. The Qld average is 5.3 percentage points lower than the national average of 82.9 percent.

Moreover, the percentage of Qld students at or above the NMS in Years 3, 5, and 7 also fell below the national average, with the gap increasing with each year.

NAPLAN 2019 achievement of Qld and Australia Year 3,5, and 7 students in writing: 

  • Qld Year 3 – 96.3%, Australia – 96.9%; difference 0.6
  • Qld Year 5 – 91.2%, Australia – 93.1% ; difference 1.9
  • Qld Year 7 – 86.8%, Australia – 89.8% ; difference 3.0
  • Qld Year 9 – 77.6%, Australia – 82.9% ; difference 5.3

Still, Education Minister Grace Grace lauded the preliminary results, stating that  Queensland students continue to perform well in many key areas. 

“This year’s results continue to confirm Queensland as one of the most improved states since testing began in 2008,” Ms Grace said.

“It is great to see our students improving in 17 of 20 NAPLAN test areas against National Minimum Standard, Mean Scale Score and Upper two Bands.”

“After more than 10 years, it’s time for a comprehensive national review of NAPLAN to ensure it remains current and responsive to changes in education,” she said.

“Queensland is still proud to be the star performer when it comes to NAPLAN.”