The Queensland Government, working
with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), has announced
that new systems for assessment in Years 11 and 12 and tertiary entrance will be
phased in, effective from Year 12, 2020. The
new systems draw upon recommendations by the Review of Tertiary Entrance
conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research. What do the
proposed changes mean for Queensland students?
Subjects in the Senior Phase
Students choose a pattern of subjects made up of:
# Authority subjects with strong academic rigour
# Authority-registered subjects with a practical focus
# VETIS options through school-based courses, traineeships or apprenticeships
Students will study a combination of General subjects and Applied
# General subjects - academic subjects
which can contribute to the ATAR
# Applied subjects - more practical
subjects (one applied subject can
contribute to the ATAR)
VET options through school based courses and traineeships may still be offered
Assessment in the Senior Phase
programs are developed by schools
# Results in General subjects results will
be based on a student's achievement
in three school-based assessments
and one external assessment that is
set and marked by the Queensland
Curriculum and Assessment
Authority (QCAA). For most
subjects, the external assessment
will be worth 25% of the result,
except in mathematics and science
subjects, where the result will be
worth 50% of the result.
# Assessment in Applied subjects will be
based on school assessments (ie no
# An ATAR will be based on the strongest
results in five General subjects; or four
General subjects and one Applied
subject; or four General subjects and
one completed VET Certificate III, IV
# An English subject will be compulsory
for students to receive their ATAR. This
could be a General English subject (eg.
English, Literature, English for ESL) or it
could be the Applied subject of Essential
If the English result is not one of the
five strongest results, the other five
stronger results will be used to
determine the ATAR
# The new ATAR arrangements will
commence for students completing
Year 12 in 2020
The ATAR will be determined by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre
Queensland Certificate of Education
All students who complete Year 12 will receive a transcript of their results, which is called a Senior Statement. Students who meet minimum standards in terms of their learning, and for literacy and numeracy, will also be eligible to receive a QCE.
Students will receive a Senior Statement, and a Queensland Certificate of Education if they meet minimum standards in terms of their learning, and for literacy and numeracy (ie this will not change).
# Students completing 20 semesters of Authority subjects (ie 5 subjects for 4 semesters) receive an Overall Position (OP), determined by the QCAA.
# The OP is based on the exit (final) results in Authority subjects, standardized in a process using QCST results
# The OP is a ranking score, reported on a 1-25 scale.
There is no Overall Position determined for students in the new system.
Queensland Core Skills Test
# All OP-eligible students in Qld sit the QCST in Yr 12, which is made up of four external papers, set and graded by the QCAA, testing essential learnings across the Authority subjects.
There is no Queensland Core Skills Test in the new system.
# Tertiary Entrance for most institutions in Queensland is managed by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).
# For OP-eligible students, the OP score is used for tertiary entrance in Qld.
# For OP-ineligible students, QTAC determines a Tertiary Selection Rank Score which is used for entry in Qld.
# QTAC also determines a Tertiary Selection Rank Score for completed Certificate III, IV or Diploma courses which can also be used for entrance.
# Tertiary Entrance will continue to be managed by QTAC.
# Instead of using an OP determined by QCAA, there will be an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), determined by QTAC.
# The ATAR is number between 0.00 and 99.95 in increments of 0.05. This is not a score out of 100, but a rank showing student's achievement against other students.