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The new Queensland Certificate of Education

Kirwan High Update 1 - March 2018

Many parents will be aware that Kirwan High, along with all other secondary schools in Queensland, will be transitioning to a new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) in 2019. This change will begin with the Year 11 cohort of that year (this year’s Year 10 students), leaving the 2019 Year 12 students as the final cohort of students to receive an Overall Position (OP).

It is vitally important that parents of students currently in Year 10 and below, are made aware of what this change looks like and how it will affect the learning pathway of students who graduate from Kirwan High. Over the remainder of 2018 Kirwan High will release a series of new QCE updates, which include important information for parents and students about this change.

This week, let’s explore the purpose behind the change. Reg Allen, who has written two highly important government reviews of the current OP system, described it as a ‘mature system’ and one that was in need of review. He has also predicted that over the coming years the OP system will begin to stop meeting the increasingly diverse needs of senior students. In addition, global data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) shows that while Australia’s performance in the areas of Reading Literacy, Mathematical Literacy and Scientific Literacy remain above average, our nation’s performance has slipped relative to that of other countries. Finally, Queensland is currently the only Australian State or Territory that does not directly allocate students with an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). All of this gives a very clear message; while the OP system has served Queensland effectively since 1992, there is a need for change.

Kirwan High is excited about this change and strongly believes that it will result in better learning outcomes for students into the future. In coming weeks we will explore what this change will look like for students and their parents, and how Kirwan High has already been preparing for the change.

Further information and resources

Popular Q&As for students and families (PDF, 193KB) have also been addressed by the QCAA.

The QCAA has produced a video that helps school communities understand why this change is occurring: