New senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems

The Queensland Government will introduce a new system of senior assessment in Queensland schools from Year 11 2019. The system proposed will balance school-based and external modes of assessment. The 2019 introduction of the new system will enable students to plan their senior pathways and allow adequate time for teachers and schools to prepare for implementation of the new model.

The government will also move towards giving Year 12 students an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), replacing the OP and bringing Queensland into line with other states and territories.

A Minister’s Taskforce with representation from schooling sectors, parent associations, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre is guiding the development of final senior assessment and tertiary entrance arrangements. Catholic sector representation on the Taskforce includes QCEC Executive Director, Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM, and representatives of the Catholic Secondary Principals Association Queensland and the Queensland Parents and Friends Federation.

The Taskforce provides advice on a range of important considerations, including the relative contribution of external assessment to a subject result, quality assurance processes for school-based assessment, and the methodology supporting calculation of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

QCEC has called for a well-resourced implementation process with a strong focus on supporting the teaching profession to help facilitate the changes.

Taskforce Meeting Communiques

Following each meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce a communique is released with key information.

Read the Department of Education and Training Fact Sheet.

Read the Education Minister’s letter to Parents.

For further information visit the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) website.

National Assessment Program

The National Assessment Program (NAP) is run at the direction of the Education Council. It includes:

  • the National Assessment Program –Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
  • three-yearly NAP sample assessments in science literacy, civics and citizenship, and information and communication technology (ICT) literacy
  • international sample assessments.


The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) annually tests all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in the domains of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy.

For more information: QCEC Factsheet –  National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

Replacing NAPLAN reports

Parents/carers who wish to obtain a copy of a NAPLAN report if it is lost or accidently destroyed should contact the school at which the student sat the test. The school should then email a request to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) at The QCAA will then forward a form to the school for completion. Once a completed form is received by the QCAA, a replacement report will be generated and the report sent to the school for distribution to the parent/carer.

International Sample Assessment

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS)

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) measures trends in students’ mathematics and science achievement internationally.

Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)

Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is designed to measure trends in reading literacy achievement at the mid-primary level.  PIRLS also collects information about the home, classroom and school contexts for reading.

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

The Programme for International Student Assessment  (PISA) is an internationally standardised assessment administered to a sample of 15-year-olds in schools to assess how they have acquired some of the knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in society.