Queenslanders are invited to have their say on the state’s senior assessment processes and the OP (Overall Position) tertiary entrance program, giving them a direct role in revitalising frontline education services.
Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the online survey was a chance for parents and students to rate the system and for the Government to consider a broader system that meets Queensland’s future needs, when Labor was stuck in the past.
“The OP was introduced 20 years ago so it’s responsible for the Newman Government to consider a review of the system,” Mr Langbroek said.
“Since the OP system began, the number of students completing Year 12 has increased by over a third to about 47,000.
“Two decades ago Year 12 was mainly comprised of students who intended to go to university, whereas today, the majority of Year 12 students successfully combine an academic range of courses and vocational qualifications, providing options for further education, training and work.
“That’s why the Newman Government is doing what the former Labor government refused to do – consider a more inclusive tertiary entrance rank that accommodates the changing nature of Year 12 studies and the changing nature of Queensland industry and business.
“Labor was a one trick pony with no plans for the future.”
Mr Langbroek said it was important to consult the community, after the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) was appointed in July to conduct a 12-month review of the system.
“The survey, which runs until December 13 consists of 21 questions and is designed to capture the views of principals, teachers, students, their parents, tertiary institutions and industry,” he said.
Mr Langbroek said ACER’s review is an opportunity to ensure that the Queensland system reflects the multitude of ways that senior students can demonstrate achievement.
“The Newman Government promised the people of our great state that we would revitalise front line services for families,” he said.
“This review will help ensure Queensland is at the forefront of best education practices nationally and internationally.”
Mr Langbroek said ACER’s final report for the Newman Government to consider was due by the end of July 2014 and any potential changes would be phased in over several years.
The survey is available through the ACER website at http://www.acer.edu.au/queenslandreview.