The QCAA have today announced the revised timeline for the introduction of the new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system. This is relevant to our current Year 9 students.

Below is the communication from QCAA chief executive officer Chris Rider.

During the past two years, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has laid the groundwork for a new system of senior assessment and tertiary entrance. Our achievements include:

•      conducting two rounds of public consultation on 35 draft syllabuses

•      trialling external assessments in seven subjects with more than 20,000 students

•      developing and trialling new processes for strengthening school-based assessment

•      launching School Portal and commencing redevelopment of existing ICT systems

•      engaging thousands of teachers and other education partners in the change process.

Although there has been significant progress, some transition activities will require more time to complete than originally planned. In particular, this means the redevelopment of senior syllabuses and the delivery of nearly 700 professional development workshops to about 17,000 teachers.

The Queensland Government has, therefore, decided to introduce the new system with Year 11 students in 2019 instead of 2018. The first graduates will finish Year 12 in 2020. The government’s final position can be viewed on the Department of Education and Training website at

The extension will ensure that teachers have sufficient support to become completely familiar with the new system. It will also allow QCAA to analyse the findings of assessment trials and consult further with our education partners. A change of this magnitude cannot be rushed if it is to be successful for students and schools.

To view the media release from the Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events - The Honourable Kate Jones – Click here


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