Education Minister John Paul Langbroek
Education Minister John Paul Langbroek

External exams could be part of maths, science shake-up

QUEENSLAND state school maths and science testing is set for a shake-up in the new year after the State Government supported recommendations which could also see the introduction of external examinations.

Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said on Friday  the government supported a back to basics approach in response to the Parliamentary Committee report on senior mathematics, chemistry and physics assessment methods.

"Everything the government does in education is directed towards achieving better student outcomes," he said.

"That is why we established the inquiry and why we have committed to act on the committee's recommendations.

"The major outcomes of this will be a greater emphasis on numerical marking and a review of students' written assignments.

"I will be directing Education Queensland to ensure all state schools review their assessment workloads and are encouraged to consider their assessment practices.

"This is about getting back to basics, removing the confusion and allowing schools to make decisions about the best way to assess their students based on the expectations of their school communities."

Mr Langbroek said the government's response would see direct action from 12 of the committee's 16 recommendations.

"The remaining recommendations which in part relate to external exams will be referred to the review of senior assessment and tertiary entrance processes currently being conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research," he said.

"While the committee held a positive view of external exams, these proposals fall directly within the terms of reference of the ACER review commissioned by the government and it is appropriate that they should be subject to expert consideration and public consultation."

ACER is due to hand its final report to the government by the end of July.



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