Indigenous Student Academic Achievement Network (ISAAN)

The Indigenous Student Academic Achievement Network (ISAAN) for students in Years 10 to 12, forms the final stages of the continuum of academic enhancement offered through the Solid Pathways program: from Year 4 (Critical and Creative Thinkers online learning) through to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aspirations Program (ATSIAP) for students in Years 8 and 9.​

 
 
The Indigenous Student Academic Achievement Network (ISAAN) is an initiative for high-performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students attending Queensland state schools in participating regions. The program aims to ensure students continue their academic success from Year 10 to 12. 

The Indigenous Student Academic Achievement Network (ISAAN) responds to the Every student succeeding – State Schools Strategy 2018-2022 (PDF, 313KB)​ by aiming to close the attainment gap and lift the performance of our top Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. ​

ISAAN aims

ISAAN aims to encourage, enable and empower high-performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students throughout their final years of schooling. ISAAN is a platform to increase the number and proportion of Indigenous students attaining OP 1-10 (or ATAR equivalent) by assisting schools to provide personalised, evidence-based support, linkages with universities, extra-curricular experiences and enduring networks. 

As with all Solid Pathways programs, ISAAN has many opportunities designed to celebrate, honour and foster cultural identity and leadership, and to forge enduring networks of high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Research has identified four elements that, when considered in combination, provide solid foundations for students to achieve success both at school and throughout their tertiary education. The four success indicators include:

  1. educational and well-being case management to support academic achievement at school (including wrap-around support, academic tracking, mentoring and tutoring)
  2. early exposure, immersion and participation in university activities, events, workshops and courses
  3. participation in extracurricular and culturally affirming opportunities, events and camps
  4. involvement in an enduring network of like-minded peers where relationships are built, critical friends are sought, and support and advice given to enhance the educational outcomes of students.

The ISAAN initiative addresses all four of these success indicators to maximise the educational experiences of high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students so they can reach their potential.

Eligible students

To be eligible for the Indigenous Student Academic Achievement Network (ISAAN) students must:

  • identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
  • be in Year 10-12 at a Queensland State School in a participating region
  • be invited to participate* via the school principal
  • be a former participant of Solid Pathways Critical and Creative Thinkers, Solid Pathwyas ATSIAP or the Indigenous Student Ambassador Network (ISAN) programs

* The ISAAN initiative is offered to select Year 10 students by invitation only. Invitations are extended to students identifed as having achieved:

  • within the upper two bands of Year 9 NAPLAN of the Reading, Writing and/or Numeracy domains or
  • an Academic result of ‘A’ in Year 9, Semester 1, in either a Mathematics or English subject (NB: excludes students on IEP’s below level).
For more information please email: Solidpathways@qed.qld.gov.au​.
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“This experience has been amazing. I don't have any other word to describe it. Opening myself up to my Indigenous heritage was something I needed to do for myself; no one could have forced me to do it. I had to be ready to do it and it had to come from the heart...Finally. I want to be involved in my culture because when I look at it now, it's who I am. If I don’t have my Indigenous culture, then what do I have? I’d like to help other Indigenous students that may be hiding, to realise this too. I want them to know that their culture is special and that hiding from it doesn’t hurt anyone but themselves. It’s who they are, and they can't run away from it.”

ISAN ambassador Jada.

Last updated
13 February 2019