Member feedback on new senior syllabus crucial
With the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) making drafts of the new senior syllabus available for comment ahead of changes to the Senior Assessment and Tertiary entrance system, members have a crucial opportunity to have their voices heard.
Members across Queensland will have three weeks to provide crucial feedback on the QCAA proposed new senior syllabus ahead of the implementation of new systems of senior assessment and tertiary entrance in 2018.
In preparation for the changes, the QCAA is redeveloping syllabuses for approximately 80 subjects, with the first drafts of 35 syllabuses now available from the QCAA website.
Member feedback crucial
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Paul Giles said member feedback would be critical to the quality of the final documents and their usefulness for teachers.
“This is an opportunity for those who will use the documents to provide quality feedback and to have their voice heard, especially as the QCAA plans for these documents to provide a higher definition syllabus than those previously in place, with no school work program,” Mr Giles said.
“With full implementation of the new system of Senior Assessment and Tertiary drawing closer, the timeframe for feedback on these documents will be limited to three weeks – so it is important members review the documents and have their say as soon as possible.
“Our understanding from the QCAA is that the remaining 45 syllabuses will be available for teacher feedback later this year, with the full suite of redeveloped syllabuses set to be released early in 2017,” he said.
In developing the new senior syllabus documents, the QCAA convened Expert Writing Teams for all authority subjects in February this year and the timeline for their development provides for three drafts.
“The documents currently available on the QCAA website for member feedback are at Stage 1, and present the rationale, objectives and descriptions as well as subject matter for the first four teaching units,” Mr Giles said.
“The Stage 2 drafts will be a refined version of draft 1 and will include assessment information (techniques, conditions and instrument specific marking guides) and are expected mid-year,” he said.
Learning Area Advisory Groups (LARGs)
As part of the plan to implement the new systems of senior assessment and tertiary entrance at the start of the 2018 school year, the QCAA has also established Learning Area Advisory Groups (LARGs) for nine subject areas.
“Our union has representatives on the LARGs for each of the nine subject areas: Arts, Business and Economics, English, Health and Physical Education, Technologies (Design & Digital), Humanities and Social Sciences, Languages, Mathematics and Sciences,” Mr Giles said.
“At the same time, the views and interests of members also continue to be represented on the Senior Secondary Assessment Taskforce, which has been providing overarching advice to Education Minister Kate Jones and the Measurement Committee,” he said.
All secondary school teachers are strongly encouraged to review the new senior syllabus documents and submit feedback via QCAA website by Wednesday 25 May 2016.
For a full overview of the updates and changes to senior assessment systems click here.