Catholic Schools welcome announcement on Senior Secondary Assessment

22/03/2016

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission has welcomed key components of the new senior secondary assessment system announced by the State Government yesterday.

QCEC Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said the reforms followed a comprehensive review commissioned by the previous State Government and progressed under the current Government.

“These reforms also follow extensive consultation across the community and education sector, including with practising teachers and a representative Taskforce, which involved QCEC and other education authorities,” Dr Perry said.

“This package of reforms taken together will enhance the senior program of study and assessment for all Queensland secondary students including those in Catholic schools,” Dr Perry said.

“The model incorporating elements of both school-based and external assessment will provide a sound basis for the future.  The new system will preserve the important place of school-based assessment developed and implemented by our expert teachers.  Additionally, under the reforms announced our senior assessment system will have the added rigour of an external assessment task in each subject.

“The percentage contribution of the external assessment has been determined following careful and balanced consideration with input from expert subject teachers.

“Significantly, the school-based assessment will not be scaled against the external assessment, maintaining the integrity of school-based assessment. School-based assessment provides diversity of assessment types relevant to the students and the subject.

“Under the reforms students will complete fewer pieces of assessment than they currently do, reducing the overall assessment burden and we believe this is a good thing for students.”

Dr Perry said she expected a smooth transition to the new system by 2019.

“We feel very confident that students will be well prepared for the assessment,” Dr Perry said.

“Good education policy in this area, under successive Governments, has included adequate lead time and sound resourcing. This will enable students to plan their senior pathways and allow adequate time for teachers and schools to prepare for implementation of the new model,” she said.

“The Catholic schools sector commends the previous and current State Governments for their commitment and support for these reforms.”

Dr Perry said Catholic schools were looking forward to further opportunities to engage with the State Government as the new system was implemented.

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