2016 Budget to help erase OP system from schools

THE OP system will no longer exist from 2018 as the Queensland Government moves to implement a new assessment system for senior high schoolers.

It is expected a new assessment system would be in place for students entering Year 11 from 2018.

In the budget released today, Treasurer Curtis Pitt announced a total $72.4 million over four years, including $24 million this coming financial year, to develop a new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system.

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This would include developing and trialling new senior assessment processes, redeveloping senior syllabuses and teachers' professional development.

Education Minister Kate Jones said the current OP system had been in place for more than 20 years.

"New senior assessment arrangements will combine the advantages of school-based assessment, developed and marked by classroom teachers, with external assessment set and marked by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority," Ms Jones said.

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Mr Pitt said the state's education and training budget would grow 5.9% to $12.9 billion this coming financial year.

Part of this will include $16.5 million in 2016-17 to fund the Australian Government's shortfall on the National Partnership Agreement on universal access to early childhood education.

- ARM NEWSDESK


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