Catholic schools look forward to OP change

QUEENSLAND Catholic Education Commission executive director Mike Byrne says while broadly supportive of the directions proposed for senior assessment and tertiary education reform, teachers and school authorities must continue to be closely consulted as details are considered.

"The Catholic sector agrees that the time is right to replace the OP score and QCS test mechanisms," he said.

"A model incorporating elements of both school-based and external assessment as proposed will provide a sound basis for the future.

"We believe that both forms of assessment should provide appropriate input into a final subject result and that one form of assessment should not be seen as more valid than another," Mr Byrne said.

Mr Byrne said that a structured, well-resourced professional development program to assist teachers should also be a key feature of any new model.

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