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New Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and tertiary entrance systems

About the new senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems

New senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems begin in Queensland with students entering Year 11 in 2019.

The new systems include:

  • a model that uses school-based assessment and external assessment
  • processes that strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment
  • introducing the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

QCAA leading the change

QCAA leads the change by delivering information, guidance, training and resources that provide school communities with a conceptual and operational understanding of the new senior curriculum and assessment processes. QCAA values of trust, partnership, service and innovation underpin the transition process.

What's new?

  • Information for school communities

    Information for school communities
    QCAA provides a range of online resources that explain the transition to the new systems.

  • Redeveloped and revised senior syllabuses

    New and redeveloped syllabuses
    New syllabuses will ensure school leavers have the 21st century skills they require to be lifelong learners, valued employees, innovators, entrepreneurs, and responsible global citizens.

  • School-based assessment

    School-based assessment
    New processes and resources are being developed to strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment.

  • External assessment

    External assessment
    Common external assessment set and marked by the QCAA will increase public confidence in the comparability of student results.

  • New tertiary entrance rank

    New tertiary entrance rank
    The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will replace the OP rank from 2020.

  • Training and professional learning for the new QCE

    Training and professional learning for the new QCE
    QCAA is offering a range of online and in-person opportunities for teachers and curriculum leaders to prepare for the new QCE system.

  • Trained assessors

    Trained assessors
    QCAA will train assessors to lead the quality assurance of school-based assessment, and to contribute to the reliability and validity of external assessment in the new system.

  • Governance

    QCAA provides responsible and accountable leadership of the change management process and is the key point of authority on the new systems.

  • Drivers of the change

    Drivers of the change
    The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) recommended changes to the current system.

    The Queensland Government released its final position paper and related factsheets in October 2016.

  • VET and the new QCE system

    VET and the new QCE system
    VET will remain a key component of senior schooling in the new QCE system.

  • Frequently asked questions

    Frequently asked questions
    Find out more about the new systems.

  • Get involved

    Get involved
    QCAA will provide training, professional learning, and consultation opportunities to support teachers to understand and operate in the new systems.

  • ICT Requirements

    ICT Requirements
    Information about new ICT applications.

Last updated: 16 October 2017

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