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Farewell to the OP system and hello to the ATAR system!

Last week we farewelled the Class of 2019.

We were blessed to have a group of passionate and driven students whose time at Trinity ranged from nine months to 14 years. Irrespective of how long they had attended Trinity, these students united as one body in terms of demonstrating how we welcome those who are new to or are returning to us from time away inter-state.

The Class of 2019 was the last group of students to undertake their tertiary entrance scores via the Overall Position (OP) system. This system focuses on all internal assessments and is scaled by a Queensland Core Skills (QCS) test, written over two days and consisting of four tests that assess students’ literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills.

The Year 12, Class of 2020 will be the first cohort of senior students in Queensland to undergo the new Queensland Certification of Education (QCE) system. This system comprised of the now commonly known ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking) will be generated by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). It will use a student’s best five General subjects or a student’s best results in a combination of four General subject results plus one Applied subject result or completed VET (Vocational Education and Training) qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate III level or above.

Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) will focus on the curriculum and assessment aspects of the senior curriculum including endorsement and confirmation of internal assessments for quality assurance purpose. Furthermore, QCAA is also responsible for the end-of-year 12 external assessments, i.e. public examinations, in Term 4 from 2020 onwards.

Our staff have been working close with the new system and attending professional learning opportunities offered by QCAA. Many of them will seize this opportunity to be endorsers, confirmers and makers to gain valuable experience so as to benefit our students. Should you wish to read more about the new ATAR system, please access these websites and In addition, college staff have been conducting information sessions to assist parents and students to understand the new system. They will continue to run these information sessions in 2020.

Dr Tsae Wong



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