STUDENT PERFORMANCE AT MENTONE GRAMMAR Since 2010, Mentone Grammar has based assessment of student performance (Years 3-12) on a comprehensive data collection system that has assessed students from Year 3 to Year 10 every school year, via external standardised assessment tools. This, along with internal assessment, has provided teachers, parents and students with valuable information supporting learners as they progress. Each year, all students in Years 4, 6, 8 and 10 undertake an externally conducted Education Skills Profile Test. Students undergo testing in general reasoning, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, mathematical performance, reading, spelling and written expression. Each of these areas is measured using a stanine scale. Stanine scores are derived from percentile ranks and help in overcoming the problem of changing units along the percentile rank scale. The stanine scale is divided into nine categories, for which digits 1 to 9 are used. A stanine of 9 indicates a very high performance relative to the reference group (Victorian students of same age), while a stanine of 1 indicates a very low relative performance. The results from our testing process were made available to parents and have been particularly informative for our teaching staff. Students who achieved high stanine results in specific areas have been identified and then through communication with the family were invited to participate in our Enrichment Programs. The Enrichment Programs sometimes involved students in this category being withdrawn from class to work with the Learning Enhancement Team or on occasions attend out of class sessions. Students with low stanine scores were also identified and participated in our Support Program designed by the Learning Enhancement Team. Ongoing support was usually developed in consultation with an educational psychologist and sometimes involved further detailed testing. The following table indicates our average stanine values for each of the tested areas in Years 4, 6, 8 and 10 via the ESPT tests. All tests were conducted during the 2018 school year. Students from other schools who enrolled to begin in Year 7 at Mentone Grammar were tested at the end of Year 6 and their results are included the Year 6 section of the table that follows.
Mentone Grammar Community Report 2018