New senior secondary curriculum and assessment in 2019
Starting in 2019 there will be changes to the curriculum being delivered to our Year 11 students and each subsequent cohort. The changes include:
- A new Senior assessment model that combines school-based assessment developed and marked by classroom teachers, with external assessment set and marked by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) in General subjects (the equivalent of ‘OP’ or Authority subjects currently). External assessments are designed to give an extra layer of information about what students have learnt and can do in a subject. They will generally contribute 25% towards a student’s final result in most senior subjects. In Mathematics and Science subjects, they will generally contribute 50%.
- A reduction in summative assessment tasks. Year 12 students typically complete up to seven final assessments in each Authority subject. Under the new system, students will complete four assessments for each subject, leaving more time for in-depth teaching and learning.
- New processes will also be used to strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment. For example, under the new system, all school-based assessments will be endorsed by the QCAA before being used in the classroom. After assessment has been completed, the QCAA will request specific student samples to confirm teacher judgements.
- A move from the current Overall Position (OP) tertiary entrance rank to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), as used by other Australian states and territories.
The Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) will remain as Queensland’s Senior school qualification, with minor changes to how credits are awarded. All eligible Year 12 graduates who meet literacy, numeracy and academic achievement requirements will be awarded a QCE now and into the future.
The reforms are the biggest change to Senior education in more than 40 years and we are excited about seeing this come to fruition in 2019. Our teachers have undertaken training in the requirements of the new curriculum and are working to ensure our Junior Secondary curriculum prepares students for their Senior studies.
Parents/carers can access the following factsheets released by the Department of Education and Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority:
The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) have also published this informative video to explain the new system.