The Courier-Mail

Stu­dents may face online test

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PEN and pa­per could be done away with in fu­ture ex­ter­nal assess­ments as part of the new Year 12 rank­ing.

As the OP (over­all po­si­tion) sys­tem is re­vamped over the next three years, Queens­land Cur­ricu­lum and As­sess­ment Au­thor­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chris Rider said the new ex­ter­nal as­sess­ment could be brought to stu­dents online.

“It would re­main re­ally fo­cused on the qual­ity of as­sess­ment. We wouldn’t sac­ri­fice the qual­ity of as­sess­ment for online,” he said.

It comes as Year 12s across the state get ready to sit the Queens­land Core Skills test for one of the last times this week, with the exam be­ing phased out as the new rank­ing sys­tem is brought in from 2018.

Queens­land Teach­ers’ Union pres­i­dent Kevin Bates said one ma­jor con­cern would be the practicali­ties of ac­cess­ing online tools. BRIT­TANY VONOW

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