The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has announced that they will be delaying the implementation of the new senior system by one year. It was going to be put in place for students who would be in Year 11 in 2018. It will now be going forward in 2019. This means current Year 9 students will be the last cohort to receive an OP.
The transition has been delayed for several reasons including that the Authority needs more time to redevelop the syllabuses being offered, as well as making sure teachers have the necessary training to deliver the necessary outcomes.
While some people might be disappointed at the delay, the good news is that it will give schools and teachers time to become familiar with the new system. It will also allow the QCAA to analyse the findings of assessment trials they have carried out, which in turn will allow more consultation with schools and education partners.
Agnew will continue to prepare for effective implementation of the new system, including advising our community of any changes or updates as they are made available. If parents have any concerns or questions about what the changes will mean for your child, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Therese Nolan or the Director of Studies, Damien Barry.
The government’s final position can be viewed on the Department of Education and Training website.