Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance in Queensland


During 2014, at the instigation of the Queensland Government, ACER conducted the Review of Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance processes in Queensland and presented a report in late 2014.

In early 2015 the former Government issued a response to the ACER report, supporting it in principle, with some issues to be addressed further. The new State Government has also endorsed the ACER Report in principle.

A new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system will commence for students entering Year 11 in 2018.

Claire Wyatt-Smith & Norm Hunter call for a 21st century assessment system for a 21st century curriculum. Click Here.

Read Claire Wyatt-Smith & Norm Hunter's paper rejecting going 'back to the future' for Queensland's senior assessment system with high stakes external examinations. They highlight the powerful link between assessment & teaching/learning, calling on decision-makers to grasp this opportunity to take Queensland students & their teachers forward through a 21st century assessment system for a 21st century curriculum.


ACELQ Executive response

  • Submission to the review process
  • Media release about the February 2015 QandA Forum 
  • Highlights of the February 2015 QandA Forum Twitter #acelqsa
  • Response to the Report and the former Government’s response paper
  • Members conversation on Linkedin.

Next steps

The ACEL Queensland Executive sees merit in much of the ACER Report, but has major concerns at a small number of recommendations.
You are invited to provide comment on the ACER report, the ACEL Queensland Executive’s submission and the Queensland Government’s response to the Report.
Some of the recommendations have greater potential to influence the quality of teaching/learning in Queensland than the recent Review of the National Curriculum.