A longitudinal study conducted by Federal Coalition MP Andrew Laming through Queensland University of Technology has revealed Immanuel Lutheran College to be among the top five independent schools in Queensland for improving senior students’ performance. Noosaville’s Good Shepherd Lutheran College was also recognised.

The study showed that Immanuel’s 2016 seniors achieved some of the most outstanding three-year gains state-wide when tracking NAPLAN and OP data.

Analysis from 2013 NAPLAN and OP bands from last year showed that ILC’s 2016 senior teaching staff converted more students from bands 8-10 NAPLAN into high OPs than nine out of ten schools, state or independent.

“This groundbreaking study by QUT identifies Immanuel’s Class of 2016 as achieving some of the most outstanding gains in learning across the three years from Year 9 to Year 12,” said Principal Colin Minke.

“For the first time, a study has measured a school’s ability to ‘value add’ for their students,” he said.

NAPLAN results for numeracy and reading were equally weighted and adjusted for attendance, and used as a baseline.

The OP bands three years later were ICSEA-adjusted to account for varying OP ratios, which distort band percentages. The impact of scholarship students was also assessed and caveats placed based on school size or low NAPLAN start points.

“When selecting a school, this ‘value adding’ measure gives parents a much clearer indicator of how a particular school will help their child to reach his or her potential,” said Mr Minke.

“It is also a fairer measure because it considers students’ starting points in Year 9 and how far they advance in their learning journey over the next three years at the school.

“Year 12 OP outcomes alone can be misleading for parents because they can be skewed by school policies like selective intakes. Academic outcomes are important. However, the measure of success for any school should be its ability to produce confident, well-rounded learners who will be creative, competent and capable of making a positive contribution to their community and the world,” he said.

“At Immanuel, we take a holistic approach. While we have an excellent academic record, we encourage students to reach their potential in all areas; academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally”.