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Students in Queensland benefit from a formal program of standards-based assessment. The major purposes of the assessment program are to:

  • improve teaching
  • help students achieve the highest standards they can within their own capabilities
  • provide meaningful reports to parents/carers on students' achievements.

Those parts of the assessment program constructed by the QCAA are linked to the syllabuses developed and approved by the organisation.

At various key junctures, students' achievements in the assessment program are reported formally to parents, schools, school systems, the Queensland Minister of Education, Training and Employment and the Federal Minister for Education.

The table below summarises the formal assessment program. By following the links for each part of the program, you can obtain more information.

P–Year 9

Assessment program Year level Purpose Form of assessment Links to syllabus Reports
Early Learning Record
Prep Build a picture of children's learning and development during Prep and on transition to Year 1
  • Folio-based assessment
  • Teachers' observations, notes of focused discussions with children, analysis of samples of students' work
Learning statements and descriptors of phases of learning in the Early Years Curriculum Guidelines
  • Prep teachers discuss folios of work with parents/carers
  • Prep teachers provide individual reports to Year 1 teachers
National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy

3, 5, 7, 9 Report comparable data across states and territories, including percentages of students meeting national minimum standards in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy Standardised test containing multiple choice items, short response questions and an extended writing task Not specified
  • Individual student reports sent to schools to distribute to parents/carers
  • Aggregated and individual data to ACARA1 and DET2 and QCEC3
  • Aggregated data to ISQ4 and Queensland Minister for Education and Training5

Years 10 to 12

Assessment program Year level Purpose Form of assessment Links to syllabus Reports
Externally moderated school-based assessment (Authority subjects)
10–12 Comparable levels of achievement for credit for the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and a basis for Subject Achievement Indicators (SAIs) for calculation of Overall Positions (OPs) and Field Positions (FPs)
  • School-based exams
  • Observation of practical performances
  • Projects, assignments, field work
Fully integrated with general objectives, subject matter, learning experiences, standards matrixes, and assessment folio specifications Five levels of achievement on students' Senior Statements
Quality-assured school based assessment (Authority-registered subjects)
10–12 Credible levels of achievement for the QCE and tertiary entrance (TE) schedules
Learning Projects — Workplace, Community and Self-directed (WCS) 10–12 Completion of projects for credit for the Queensland Certificate of Education(QCE) Self-assessment, supervisor observation, learning log Not linked to syllabuses Statement of completion on students' Senior Statements
Vocational education and training (VET)
10–12 Completion or partial completion of competencies/qualifications for credit for the Queensland Certificate of Education and for employment after school or further training Observation of practical performances, written tasks, oral presentations, portfolios of projects, assignments, field work Linked to nationally endorsed training packages or nationally accredited courses
  • Registered training organisations, including schools, issue qualifications and statements of attainment
  • Qualifications or competencies on Senior Statements
Senior External Examination
12 Comparable levels of achievement for some students in some subjects for the Queensland Certificate of Education and tertiary entrance requirements Centrally devised and marked written papers, orals, observations of practical performances Fully integrated with general objectives, subject matter, learning experiences, standards matrixes, and examination specifications in external senior syllabuses Five levels of achievement on students' Senior Statements or Statements of Results
Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test 12 Scaling parameters for the calculation of student Overall Positions (OPs) and Field Positions (FPs) for entrance to Queensland tertiary institutions Standardised test containing multiple-choice items, short-response questions and a writing task Tests common curriculum elements across syllabuses for Authority subjects Five grades on students' Senior Statements
Individual achievements 11, 12 Record student achievement on Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) Teacher observation of learning outcomes from students' individual learning plans Not applicable QCAA records individual students' statements of achievement and statements of participation on the QCIA

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Last reviewed: 1 July 2015

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