At the start of this year, we let people know that the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) is reviewing Queensland’s OP system. At this stage, it looks clear that Qld OP scores are out.
ACER will present its final recommendations to the Queensland government on 31 July, but last night Dr Gabrielle Matters shared the review team’s emerging thinking at a gathering of key stakeholders at the Queensland University of Technology.
What Are Their Emerging Thoughts on Qld OP Scores & Related Matters?
The first idea is that there needs to be a clear separation of roles between the schooling sector and universities. The schooling sector, including the Queensland Studies Authority, should be responsible for determining students’ Year 12 results. Universities should be responsible for how they decide to select students for the courses they offer.
Gabrielle then shared a series of recommendations for how we can strengthen the way we assess the performance of students in the senior years. The aim is to conduct assessment that is valid, reliable and transparent. Recommendations include:
- Maintaining school-based assessment.
- Introducing more rigorous, external moderation of marks assigned to school-based assessment tasks.
- Including external tests or tasks in each senior subject. These external assessments would count for up to 50% of students’ final grades. They would be set and marked by the QSA.
- Reporting stand-alone, subject results, but reporting performance on a more finely graded scale – e.g. a 15-point scale in contrast to the current 5-point scale.
- Abolishing the QCS test and the creation of OP scores
Qld OP scores are no longer viable!
Dr Matters also shared her views on how students would be selected for university courses. In short, each university would choose its own methods; however, no statewide OP scores will be available, and the the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) will not be promoted as an alternative. That said universities can:
- Compile an ATAR if they wish.
- Choose to make use of senior subject results, which will be available from the QSA. How they use the results is up to them. Options include checking the completion of prerequisite subjects, compiling their own ranking system using some or all subjects, weighting different subjects based on their relevance to the course at hand, or making no use of subject results at all.
- Also use other measures such as entrance tests and interviews.