The Board met this week for its final session of the year. We received the final achievement data for the year and used that to inform our review of the draft charter for 2022. We will confirm both the charter and the budget that enables it in our first meeting next year. We are very pleased to be increasing the number of learning support assistants again and we have made arrangements to replace the carpets in several teaching spaces over the summer break.
I wanted to take some time to showcase the learning data for the year. You will be aware that the last two years have seen significant interruptions to the school programme that have been proportionally more significant for the younger ākonga (learners) of the school. The kaiako (teaching staff) at Island Bay have made very pleasing progress on bridging those interruptions and the data for our core curriculum of reading, writing, and maths shows that we are well on track. This data compares well to other schools.
To understand these graphs, you need to keep in mind that the curriculum levels are designed so there is some overlap and students concentrate on personal growth and progress both across and within the curriculum more than individual year levels, although we do expect correlation. See an official diagram here:
The assessments below are measuring achievement against the most expected curriculum levels in each year group. (Any ākonga that are at risk have dedicated individual plans and support strategies to help them. The Board had a separate session to examine our capabilities in this area earlier in the year.)
Overall, 93% of ākonga are reading at or above the expected level for their year group with a further 4% almost there. That’s a fantastic number across the school. You will see that the Year 2 group is slightly behind, so the Board is setting a particular objective for the school to bring them back up next year.
You should also cast your eye on the numbers of ākonga who exceed expectations in each year group. While Island Bay School is not driven by this statistic, it is a testament to the kaiako that we see 45% of all students at the school ahead of where they would be expected to be.
We have a group working at early Level 5 of the curriculum, which we generally expect to see at high school. This makes a very stretched learning environment and we are lucky to have flexible learning spaces and multiple kaiako in senior hubs.
Overall, 90% of ākonga are writing at or above the expected level for their year group with a further 7% almost there. Again, that’s a very positive outcome. The numbers are slightly lower than 2020, with 70% within current expectation and 19% beyond where we would expect.
Of particular note is the improvement from the mid-year data to the end-of-year data, which is not shown. The Board introduced a new goal for the school after the mid-year review to address higher numbers of Year 3 and Year 4 ākonga who were still working towards the curriculum expectation. Significant progress was made and most are back on track.
Overall, 93% of ākonga are working within or beyond the expected level for their year group with a further 6% almost there. That’s the highest-equal level of achievement of all three core subjects and is good by any standard.
Please note that all Year 1-3 ākonga are within or beyond expectation, which is particularly encouraging given the last two years. As with the reading graph, you can cast your eye down the numbers that exceed expectations in each year group and see a positive pattern.
As with reading, you will see that we have a group working at early Level 5 of the curriculum.
The Board set an objective for the school this year for children to answer 85% positively to questions about their wellbeing or social behaviour. Across the schools that work together in our region, this is a progressive thing to do. Some other schools are being encouraged to start measuring student wellbeing from next year.
The summary results vary from question to question - some easily reached the 85% target and some are in the mid-late 70% range. The detailed data shows us that the different year groups answered the questions differently. Note that this data only covers Year 3-6 students.
While this data is not rigorously moderated like the student achievement data, it’s the student voice and certainly relevant. We know that learning is directly affected by ākonga wellbeing and culture. The Board is setting a further objective for next year to focus on this area.
Overall, the Board is happy with the progress of the school and the growth of our learners, both academically and otherwise. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Deb and her senior staff, Jacqui and Caitlin, for their leadership of the school over an uncertain and rapidly changing year. We would also like to thank the kaiako for their dedication to their craft and their clear sense of ownership for the broader things the school is trying to achieve.
Well done all and we look forward to 2022.
Island Bay School Board