While the State Government is taking action to bridge the gap between regional and metropolitan schools, Maryborough’s VCE students are proving location doesn’t always determine scores.
According to a recent statement from the State Government, Australia-wide NAPLAN data shows the performance of regional and rural schools is around 20 points or more behind that of metropolitan schools.
However, the latest figures on how students are faring when it comes to VCE study scores — raw scores marked out of 50 that students receive for each VCE subject — shows local schools are slowly but steadily improving.
Better Education, which provides comparative school results, ranked 533 public and private schools from across the state on their VCE study scores.
The data found Maryborough Education Centre’s (MEC) median VCE study score has been slowly rising since 2013, jumping from 24 that year to 25 in 2018.
Highview College’s median score increased to 30 last year, higher than the past two years which both recorded median scores of 27, and is the first time it’s hit 30 since 2012.
For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, July 16