Only 54 per cent of Queensland students were awarded an Overall Position (OP) score last year, and the state government is considering scrapping the system.
Queensland’s Year 12 students are always told their Overall Position (OP) isn’t the be all and end all.
In fact, the OP system is apparently so insignificant the state government could scrap it.
Universities have used it to decide whether school leavers are eligible to enrol in courses since 1992.
But only 54 per cent of Year 12 students were awarded an OP score last year.
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek says more are opting to enrol in training and vocational courses instead.
A comprehensive, independent review of the system recommends it be abolished and replaced by in-school testing conducted by universities.
Mr Langbroek says the OP system isn’t broken but there’s a need to properly cater to the needs of modern students.
“It’s really important that we get the assessment right and we want to make sure then that in the 21st century we have a system that reflects what our students currently are doing,” he told reporters.
“Whether they’re doing vocational subjects, whether their doing OP subjects, we know students are getting into university or getting into work in a lot of different ways, the old system was just about ranking them, supposedly for university.
The minister said the government’s response wouldn’t copy any other state’s system because they want to make sure they’re leading the way in education reform.
Independent Schools Queensland director David Robertson said there was little support from educators for the current OP system.
Mr Robertson said a proposal to introduce external assessment for Year 12 while maintaining a school-based assessment would provide the foundation of a rigorous and equitable future assessment system.
The government plans to release a draft response to the review by the end of this year, but the minister said there would be no changes to the OP system before 2016.