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Home > News > Professional Issues > Professional Issues Volume 8 > Teachers prepared to wait for QLD senior assessment changes

Teachers prepared to wait for QLD senior assessment changes

teacher_with_highschool_students_web_qual.pngTeachers will be given a reprieve from introducing senior school assessment changes after the Queensland government postponed implementation until 2019.

Issue snapshot

  • Changes extended by 12 months and represent the most significant transformation of senior schooling in more than 40 years.
  • Additional time will ensure changes are effectively implemented and will allow teachers to complete professional development to apply the new curriculum.
  • Teachers should ensure their school supports access to QCAA-provided training regarding the changes.

What’s the issue?

Education Minister Kate Jones has confirmed that the implementation date of the changes was to be extended by an additional 12 months, following advice from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) and major education stakeholders across the state.

The changes represent the most significant transformation of senior schooling in more than 40 years.

What’s happening?

Feedback from the Senior Secondary Assessment Taskforce, in which our union is represented, was that more time was needed to ensure the 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.

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 also take place in 2019. 

How will this affect members?

To ensure that the re-introduction of external assessment, and other changes, do not erode the 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.

The Queensland Government's final position and related factsheets are available on the Department of Education and Training website.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.