In-school senior assessment still needs more examination
THE decision to introduce a new external assessment component into Queensland’s Year 12 examinations is welcome and long overdue.
As the only state without any external assessment from P-12 the state had lost its way and was no longer aligned to national standards.
Parents had lost faith in the whole process and there was considerable evidence that some schools were gaming the system.
With no external benchmark and very weak monitoring from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, a student’s results came to rely almost entirely on where their teacher ranked them in the class and particularly the intervals between rankings.
Teachers gathered at moderation meetings where their marks for a single piece of work could range from 40 per cent to 75 per cent.
The Core Skills test was held out as the external scaling device but it is merely a test of competencies, not knowledge, and so it was not possible to know how smart or dumb Queensland students really were.
Universities and vocational education providers sat by passively, very aware of the inadequacies of the system in predicting tertiary