It has been discussed for years, but now it’s actually happening — Queensland will scrap the OP system.

In an announcement made by Education Minister Kate Jones, Queensland will officially get rid of the OP (Overall Position) for year 11 and 12 students, to make way for a new tertiary entrance ranking system.

The new system, called Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), will include three internal exams as well as one external assessment. ATAR will be introduced in 2018, meaning this year’s grade eights will be the first to go through the system.

In short, instead of receiving an OP which ranks students between one and 25, the ATAR will score them between 99.95 and zero, with the higher number being the better result. In comparison that means any number between 99 and 99.95 will equate to an OP1.

A Senior Secondary Assessment taskforce will be created which will include teachers, parents, the Queensland Curriculum Authority, the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre and universities.

This taskforce will ensure that the transition from OP to the new ranking system will be smooth. It will also aid in the development of the new external assessment which are yet to be decided.

The change follows a review into the state’s education system carried out by the previous government.

Are you happy OPs are being scrapped? Do you think the ATAR is a good replacement? Have your say in the comments below!