Review of Queensland's Overall Position calculations
This report by George Cooney, was updated in September 2014.
Year 7 in 2012 and 2013: Advice on implementing the Australian Curriculum P–10
This paper was published in May 2012 to provide advice for Year 7 teachers of English, Mathematics, Science and History while Year 7 is in the primary school setting.
Assessment, standards and reporting: Implementing the Australian Curriculum P–10
This report, published in September 2011, is a component of the Queensland Implementation Strategy 2011–2013 (June 2011) for supporting the transition to the Australian Curriculum. The report describes proposals for the development of assessment and standards advice P–10.
The senior curriculum landscape
The Senior curriculum landscape paper provides an overview of the known and anticipated alignment of QSA syllabuses with the Australian Curriculum senior courses. It notes specific issues for each learning area, giving some considerations for the future.
Queensland students’ understanding of fractions: Evidence from the NAPLAN test results
Fractions are a complex concept and there is consensus in the literature that many students struggle with it throughout their education. It is difficult not only for students to learn, but also for teachers to teach and has been identified by assessment programs as a consistent and recurring area of difficulty.
This paper examines students’ performances in the NAPLAN tests on three important concepts relating to fractions within the Number sub-strand: part-whole relations, equivalence and percentages. While several ideas have been put forward regarding students’ and teachers’ interactions with the concept of fractions, this paper investigates the link between sound basic conceptual understanding of fractions and how this facilitates the development of multiplicative and proportional reasoning.
- Queensland students’ understanding of fractions: Evidence from the NAPLAN test results (PDF, 716.6 KB)
A review of aspects of the Queensland Core Skills Test
An independent review of the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test was conducted to ascertain the ongoing relevance of the test and its capability to act as a statistical scaling device in the calculation of Overall Positions (OPs) and Field Positions (FPs). The evaluation also considered the design criteria and the administration procedures for the test.
Enterprising Minds, a consortium of external consultants, was engaged to conduct the review. The final report, A Review of Aspects of the Queensland Core Skills Test, was presented in February 2012.
In summary, the review finds that the test itself is of high quality due to its design criteria, the care and expertise of those involved and the disciplined procedures used in its development. The administrative procedures are well established and run smoothly and effectively. The marking processes are thorough, carefully applied and well monitored.
The review team is of the view that overall the QCS Test continues to perform well the functions for which it was designed and introduced. The recommendations in the report are designed to enhance and further improve the test instrument and its administration, and extend its viability and effectiveness as a scaling instrument well into the future.
Review of the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
A periodic review of the QCE was conducted by an external consultant, Mr Norm Hunter in 2011. The report, The QCE and the three Rs: Relevance, rigour and reputation outlines the findings and recommendations of this review.
Year-to-year comparability of results in QSA senior secondary courses that include school-based moderated assessment: An ACACA sponsored review
This report focuses on a review team’s evaluation of the processes used in Queensland to ensure an appropriate level of year-to-year comparability of results in externally assessed courses, particularly in terms of achievement levels across years for the same course.
- Year-to-year comparability of results in QSA senior secondary courses that include school-based moderated assessment: An ACACA sponsored review (PDF, 60.2 KB)
- QSA response (PDF, 42.2 KB)
Science test analysis
This report examines the performance of Queensland students on international tests in Science to determine whether a test in Science is needed for Queensland students.
- Science test analysis (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Report to the Queensland Education Performance Review Implementation Steering Committee
A Flying Start for Queensland Children
The Queensland Studies Authority submitted a response to A Flying Start for Queensland Children: Education green paper for public consultation.
- Submission in response to A Flying Start for Queensland Children: Education green paper for public consultation (PDF, 144.6 KB)
The role of inquiry in senior secondary science
Using the curriculum planning framework Understanding by Design (Wiggins & McTighe 2005), this paper asks, What do we value in senior secondary science education in Queensland? How do we achieve it?
Developing, maintaining and revising senior syllabuses: Criteria for decision making
These documents detail the criteria used for making decisions about the development, maintenance and revision of senior syllabuses for Years 11–12.
- Developing, maintaining and revising senior syllabuses: Criteria for decision making (PDF, 41.6 KB)
- Background paper (PDF, 96.5 KB)
The 2010 Queensland Comparable Assessment Tasks report to teachers
This report summarises data from the implementation of the 2010 Years 4, 6 and 9 QCATs.
The 2009 Years 4 & 6 English Queensland Comparable Assessment Tasks
This report by Dr Sandy Muspratt provides a technical analysis of data from the administration of the Years 4 and 6 English QCATs collected by the QSA . It aims to inform the Queensland Comparable Assessment Tasks 2009 Years 4 & 6 report to teachers.
The 2009 Year 9 English, Mathematics and Science Queensland Comparable Assessment Tasks
This report by Dr Sandy Muspratt provides a technical analysis of data from the administration of the Year 9 English, Mathematics and Science QCATs. The report aims to inform the Queensland Comparable Assessment Tasks 2009 Year 9 report to teachers.
The 2008 extended trial of the Queensland Comparable Assessment Tasks
- The 2008 extended trial of the Queensland Comparable Assessment Tasks (PDF, 378.2 KB)
This report by Dr Sandy Muspratt provides a technical analysis of data collected by the QSA.
- Report to teachers QCATs 2008 extended trial (PDF, 482.2 KB)
This report shows the learnings from the 2008 extended trial of QCATs in Years 4, 6 and 9 in English, Mathematics and Science.
Evaluation report of the pilot of the 2005 Queensland Assessment Task (QAT)
The report, by Professor Val Klenowski, James Cook University, evaluates the development, administration, marking, grading and reporting of the 2005 QAT . Published 2006.
- Executive summary (PDF, 62.1 KB)
- Report (PDF, 599.6 KB)
- Appendices (PDF, 3.7 MB)
- References (PDF, 25.5 KB)
Student assessment regimes: Getting the balance right for Australia
QSA welcomes comment on this draft discussion paper examining evidence about the effects of national testing in the UK, the USA and Australia. The paper also proposes principles for a balanced national assessment regime for Australia, in which accountability for student learning is shared by teachers, schools, schooling authorities and government agencies.
P–12 syllabus and assessment framework consultation report
- P–12 syllabus and assessment framework consultation report (PDF, 118.7 KB)
From June to September 2008 the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) undertook statewide consultation about the development of a P–12 approach to teaching, learning and assessment.
Development of a set of principles to guide a P–12 syllabus framework
This paper discusses the technical form of syllabus documents that contribute to "high quality, high equity" educational outcomes. It presents compelling evidence that the technical form can, when properly supported, set the school and classroom conditions for improving outcomes for all students.
- Development of a set of principles to guide a P–12 syllabus framework: Background paper (PDF, 763.2 KB)
Review of syllabuses for the senior phase of learning
How schools prepare students for the Queensland Core Skills Test
This report provides the results of a survey of what schools commonly do to prepare students for the QCS Test. It also analyses school performance data to see what kinds of preparation yield better performance on the test.
Teacher judgments of student literacy and numeracy performance
This report compares teachers' assessment practices with the outcomes of the Year 3 and 5 literacy and numeracy tests. Published 2006.
- Teacher judgment: Building an evidentiary base for quality literacy and numeracy education (PDF, 830.1 KB)
Expert report on senior science syllabuses
The QSA engaged Dr Gabrielle Matters from the Australian Council for Educational Research ( ACER ) to investigate concerns raised through the March 2006 Senior Science Forum. Her report explores the issues as identified by the QSA, and also examines connected, broader issues. Published 2006.
Attributes of the lifelong learner
The report reviews the theoretical basis for the attributes of the lifelong learner and analyses the attributes in relation to research on learning, development and teaching. Published 2006.
Strategies for authenticating student work for learning and assessment
It is essential that teachers base their judgments on accurate and authentic assessment information when determining students' achievements. This paper contains strategies to help teachers confirm the authorship of student work.
Queensland Studies Framework
Background paper on the Queensland Studies Framework published in 2004.
Certificating students with intellectual and other impairments: A new approach
Conference paper presented in 2004 by Graham Maxwell and Jo Soothill.
Marking writing tasks for tests of literacy in Years 3, 5 and 7: Questions and challenges
Conference paper presented in 2004 by Lee Willett.
- Marking writing tasks for tests of literacy in Years 3, 5 and 7: Questions and challenges (PDF, 280.3 KB)
Progressive assessment for learning and certification: Some lessons from school-based assessment in Queensland
Conference paper presented in 2004 by Graham Maxwell.
- Progressive assessment for learning and certification: Some lessons from school-based assessment in Queensland (PDF, 597.9 KB)