Fairfield Heights Public School along with Cabramatta and Canley Vale High Schools are bucking the trend when it comes to NAPLAN results.
The Fairfield schools form part of the 81 schools in NSW, and 22 public schools in Sydney, that have been identified by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) as showing significant NAPLAN gains in literacy or numeracy.
That’s in contrast to the overall NAPLAN results which showed the proportion of students meeting national minimum standards in all domains has flatlined or declined for most year groups.
The three local schools achieved substantially above average gains in student reading and/or numeracy achievement as students progressed from year 3 to year 5 and from year 7 to year 9 between 2015 and 2017.
For Canley Vale High School it is the fourth year in a row they have achieved NAPLAN gains.
"We ignore the NAPLAN tests but we explicitly teach literacy to years 7, 8 and 9," Canley Vale High's principal Peter Rouse said.
"A new program gets written every year to suit the students that are in front of us. It's a way that does work, understanding what their strengths and weaknesses are and modifying the program to address those."
Mr Rouse said literacy classes were run three days a week and were included in school reports, like every other subject.
"Literacy needed to be a priority because our aim is to have young people who grow into adults with the skills and ability to continue learning," he said.
NSW Department of Education secretary Mark Scott said: “The best measure of effective education is how student results improve over time, and that is why NAPLAN is such an important diagnostic tool for schools and families.”
- See the latest NAPLAN results for all schools HERE