The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) says the 2013 NAPLAN results released on the My School website yesterday need to be considered in context.
'It is important that NAPLAN results are considered in an appropriate context that informs teaching and learning and how parents can be partners in the learning of their child,' the NCEC said in a statement.
NCEC Executive Director, Ross Fox, said: 'NAPLAN results are only one measure among many of student learning - parents and carers should consider how they work with teachers and principals to address the learning needs of children.
'Catholic schools and students are much more than just test results. NAPLAN results are a small part of the story of the development of the whole child.
'It is widely recognised and understood that quality teaching and strong school leadership underpins educational achievement.
'The appropriate place of My School is as a reference point on a school’s academic achievement, alongside the emotional and moral development of all students through their learning journey.
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