Queensland’s system of senior assessment is set to change, commencing with year 11 students in 2019. There will be:
- New processes to strengthen the quality and comparability of school based assessment
- An external assessment introduced in most subjects
- A move away from the overall position (OP) rank to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
These changes will improve the validity and reliability of subject assessments and increase confidence in the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
Schools will be working with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) in making the transition from year 10 to senior school in 2019. Our teachers will continue to play an important role in developing assessment making judgements about student achievement and moderating work with colleges. Parents are able to access information about the senior school curriculum from the QCAA website https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/new-snr-assessment-te/information-school-communities.
In meeting the department’s expectations in preparation for senior we have reviewed the junior secondary curriculum and assessment plans for alignment with senior secondary curriculum.
Specifically in Mathematics, there are no changes in Queensland schools to the way that mathematics is taught, assessed or reported in Prep to Year 10.
The mathematics results recorded by students at Narangba Valley SHS last term were used to inform term one progress reports.
End of semester mathematics grades will reflect a student’s performance against the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards (P-10) over the whole semester.
Senior officers will work with school leaders to ensure that no students’ end of semester grades are impacted by any changes to the way mathematics was assessed at the school during term one.
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Department of Education will continue to provide support and advice to assist schools in the introduction of the new Senior Syllabus and Assessment reforms.
The school will provide updated information in writing to parents to assure them that no student will be adversely affected and to provide clear information about the new Senior Syllabus to be implemented from 2019.
We look forward to discussing your student’s progress and future directions at our parent teacher interviews this evening and at our subject selection evening on 8 August. I trust that this information clarifies any concerns regarding mathematics results. If you would like further clarification please contact me at the school.