Published: 19 October 2016

From syllabus to subject result

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

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 announced that a new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system will now start with Year 11 students in 2019.

The one year 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.

The Queensland Government has released its final position on the review of senior assessment and tertiary entrance conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research. The policy can be viewed on the Department of Education and Training website at

These new processes are all part of QCAA’s commitment to deliver a more valid and reliable system of senior assessment.