The Courier-Mail

Review should guide Year 12 revamp


EDUCATION Minister Kate Jones has announced Cabinet approval for an overhaul of senior school assessment and tertiary entrance ( C-M, Aug 26) following a review of Year 12 arrangemen­ts by the Australian Council for Educationa­l Research.

The recommenda­tions of the ACER review offer a guide to what the new assessment system will look like.

First, teachers should continue to play a central role in the assessment of student work. For each subject, we proposed three centrally specified but teacher-designed assessment activities.

Second, a more rigorous moderation process should be developed to ensure teachers’ judgments are comparable across schools. Schools’ assessment activities should be endorsed by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and student work remarked by other teachers.

Third, in many subjects, an external assessment should be developed and marked by QCAA.

Fourth, each student’s marks on the three school assessment­s and the external assessment should be added to obtain a Subject Result, which universiti­es could use for selection decisions.

Fifth, the ranking of applicants to university courses should be the responsibi­lity of universiti­es rather than QCAA. However, the use of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank rather than the current OP would be consistent with practice in other states. Prof Geoff Masters, chief executive, Australian Council for Educationa­l Research

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