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In the Media: Melbourne Montessori School Achieves Highest Gain

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Country and outer suburban schools in Victoria are posting the biggest gains in reading, writing and numeracy, outstripping progress at many city private colleges, new NAPLAN data reveals.

The MySchool website was updated with individual schools’ NPLAN results on Wednesday, showing some institutions had performed very well despite two years of interrupted learning.


After the cancellation of NAPLAN in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than a million students sat the NAPLAN test in May 2021, which was held between the two longest Victorian lockdowns.

For the first time, parents, students and school leaders can now see how their school has performed in comparison to others from 2019 to 2021.

Although Melbourne-based private colleges such as Presbyterian Ladies’ College, St Andrews College and Camberwell Girls’ Grammar continue to post some of the nation’s highest scores overall, progress has been impressive at many regional schools.

At Wycheproof P-12 College, 74 percent of those going from Year 7 in 2019 to Year 9 in 2021 posted above average gains in writing. 

"This compares to 73 percent at Melbourne Montessori School - the highest gain by an independent school."

Figure 1 and 2: Melbourne Montessori School achieved the top Independent School spot for gains in reading and for gains in writing.

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