Longer lead in to QLD senior assessment changes welcomed
The Queensland government’s announcement that major reforms to senior assessment and tertiary entrance will now begin in 2019, a year later than planned, has been welcomed by members across the state.
Education Minister Kate Jones confirmed that the implementation date of the changes was to be extended by an extra 12 months following advice from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) and major education stakeholders across the state.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Paul Giles said members across the sector welcomed the move given the changes represented the most significant transformation of senior schooling in more than 40 years.
“The feedback coming from the Senior Secondary Assessment Taskforce, on which our union is represented, was that more time was needed to ensure such major changes were effectively implemented and that teachers are provided with sufficient professional development in relation to the new curriculum, forms of assessment and tertiary entrance requirements prior to their roll-out in schools.
“Now that this extra time has been given, it is important that members ensure their school supports access to QCAA-provided training regarding the changes.
The changes to the senior assessment and tertiary entrance procedures will include a model that combines school-based assessment and external assessment in most subjects.
The transition from the Overall Position (OP) tertiary entrance rank to an Australian Tertiary Administration Rank (ATAR) will now also take place in 2019.
“The Queensland system is somewhat distinct within a national, and international, context in that the cessation of external assessment in the 1970s was based on the premise that teachers are best able to judge the qualities of student work.
“To ensure that the re-introduction of external assessment, and other changes, do not erode the perceived and actual professionalism of teachers, it is imperative that teachers are well informed and given adequate specialist training relating to the requirements and expectations of the new system.
Mr Giles said members continued to provide feedback to the development of the new syllabus and the Learning Area Advisory Groups (LARGs) through expert writing teams.