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Following a review last year directed
by the Queensland government, an
announcement was made on 25 August
2015 that a new assessment and tertiary
entrance system for senior students
would be implemented for Year 11,
2018. This system applies to all State,
Catholic and Independent schools.
According to the government, the new
system is designed to meet the needs
of current and future students. It will
feature a model that uses school-based
assessment and common external
assessment, new processes that are
designed to strengthen the quality and
comparability of school-based assessment,
and move away from the Overall
Position (OP) rank to an Australian
Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
Education Minister, K ate Jones,
has indicated the new system w ill
include some external assessment
and bring Queensland into line
with all other Australian states and
territories by issuing an ATAR.
The introduction of external assessment
will significantly impact teaching and
learning as schools prepare students to
engage with both forms of assessment.
This idea is supported by the
School, but it does mean changes w ill
be required in terms of a teacher’s
professional development and our
preparation of current Year 8 students
so they are familiar and comfortable
with this type of assessment when
it is implemented in 2018.
We are focused on how we can best
prepare students and enhance their
learning both for now and beyond school.
The Minister for Education will
chair a taskforce with representation
from schooling sectors, parent groups,
principal associations, teacher unions,
the Queensland Curriculum and
Assessment Authority (QCAA), the
Queensland Tertiary Admissions
Centre (QTAC) and the tertiary
sector. The taskforce will make key
decisions about the shape of the
new system over the coming year.
QCAA will lead the transition to the
new system and have announced a
number of initiatives to facilitate this.
Firstly, tr ialling external assessment in
Mathematics B, English, Chemistry,
Geography and Modern Histor y
with Year 11 students will occur at
selected trial schools in 2016.
While details regarding this initiative
have yet to be released, the School
will pursue this initiative once further
information is provided. At this stage
QCAA have invited interested teachers to
apply to be part of expert writing teams
for Modern Histor y and Chemistr y.
Five teachers from Queensland who
are successful in their application will
attend a five day intense workshop
in early December, w ith the focus on
syllabus writing. A member of the
RGS secondary teaching staff has
applied to be part of this project.
Secondly, trialling processes for
endorsing school-based assessment
in Accounting, Biology, Geography,
Mathematics B and Physical Education
prior to use with Year 11 students will
occur at selected trial schools. This
continues on from the trials that
QCAA conducted throughout 2015
in preparation for the new system.
This project aims to ensure that school-
devised assessment instruments meet
the requirements of the current syllabus
and provide sufficient opportunities
for students to demonstrate the
syllabus objectives and standards
before they are used in schools.
In 2016, this trial will be available
in the Rockhampton region for
Mathematics B only. RGS has
applied to be part of this project.
You may be aware that as part of the
current OP system, schools are required
to send a sampling of student work
for each subject offered to a specialist
panel in Februar y (Monitoring) and
October (Verification) each year.
As part of this review process, QCAA
has piloted enhancement s including
additional training and support for
teachers who independently review
students’ school based assessments.
This project is referred to as calibration
and aims to ensure review panellists
develop a consistent understand ing
of how the qualities of students’
assessments match syllabus standards.
At Verification this year (October
19), the Rockhampton district
Japanese panel will be part of the
calibration trial, with RGS hav ing a
representative who w ill participate.
The key to any system is to ensure
fairness and equity to all students and
schools. The School is currently engaged
in significant planning for the new
system and will continue to update you
as further information is available.
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New Senior assessment and tertiary
entrance system to be deployed
A new, state-wide external assessment regime will come into effect in 2018. Director of Learning,
Ms Reniece Carter, advises preparations are already underway to prepare students for the change
Remote RGS families will receive a boost to
the Living Away From Home Allowance Scheme
(LAFHAS), as announced by Queensland
Education Minister, Kate Jones, at the recent
Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association state
conference in Cloncurry. The one-off increase to
the scheme of 5 per cent is in response to the
pressure drought has had on some rural families.
“The cost of sending their children to boarding
school continues to rise and with the drought it
has just been too expensive,” said Minister Jones.
The five percent will be in addition to
consumer price index increase and families
may be able claim up to $3,200 a year for
primary school students and $5,200 per
year for high school students in 2016.
Entitlements are calculated and paid in
accordance with legislation and guidelines
covering the Living Away From Home
Allowance Scheme (LAFHAS). The scheme
has four component allowances: Remote
Area Tuition Allowance; Remote Area Travel
Allowance; Remote Area Allowance; and
Remote Area Disability Supplement.
Many RGS families participated in the
conference, which was attended by Director
of Boys Boarding, Mr Stewart Norford, and
supported by the School as a Gold Sponsor.
Minister Jones announces new support for rural families
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