The Queensland Catholic Education Commission has called for the State’s model of school-based assessment and moderation to be revamped and improved but retained as central to assessing senior students in Queensland schools.
The call is a key element of the QCEC’s submission to the Review of Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance Processes that is due to make recommendations to the State Government by 31 July.
QCEC Executive Director Mike Byrne says while the time is right to make changes to the existing model, including dropping the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test and OP score, Catholic school authorities are strongly supportive of the retention of a system of school-based assessment and moderation.
“We believe school-based assessment enables the flexibility to assess students across a broader range of conditions, can cater for a diversity of learning needs, and provide better quality feedback to students.
“However, our support for school-based assessment is balanced by the recognition that it should be done better.
“This review process provides a welcome opportunity to discuss the processes involved and seek to improve consistency and comparability of student achievement across schools and subjects.
“We also believe that increased resourcing for the new Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) will be essential to support and strengthen assessment and moderation processes,” Mike Byrne said.
Mr Byrne said while QCEC supports the inclusion in the model of some elements of external assessment, much more detail is required to evaluate any proposal in this respect.
“Also critical to the success of any new model will be ensuring that student subject choices and the school level curriculum are not adversely impacted by university entrance processes.
“QCEC looks forward to ongoing engagement with this important review process,” Mike Byrne said.