Queensland’s Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek is tipped to announce school assessment reforms on a day guaranteed to maximise public debate and media scrutiny – by Christmas Eve!
“In case everyone goes on holidays and misses it, we are asking parents to look out for the announcement.
“Top of the Christmas wish-list for parents is axing, or capping at 10%, the unpopular, time-wasting ‘Google-it inquiry’ assignments. We must allow teachers to get back to instructing our children, especially in challenging subjects like maths, chemistry and physics.
“Our State’s strange assessment methods must go before school starts in 2014, or academic outcomes will decline further and more Queensland kids will become unemployable,” warned Australian Family Association spokesperson, Mrs Tempe Harvey.
“Teachers are counting on Minister Langbroek to put an end to Queensland’s bizarre alphabet marking and use proper numerical marks (e.g. 7/10) from early primary school to Year 12, like every other State,” she said.
Mrs Harvey warned that numerical marks would be useless if the government still requires primary and secondary schools to use fuzzy A-E criteria (known in Prep-Year 10 as ‘standards elaborations’) that do not require correct answers, even in maths and science.
“Premier Newman needs to put adults back in charge of our education system. Otherwise, Queensland schools will continue to decline and remain among the worst of all Australian States.
“Experiments involving kids making adult decisions about teaching – such as the government’s pilot scheme to trial linking children’s feedback to school teachers’ pay and promotions – are doomed to fail,” Mrs Harvey said.
AFA’s Open Letter to Premier letter-boxed December: www.family.org.au/qld/School_Watch_Qld.pdf
AFA radio interview 9/12/13: http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2013/12/educating-queensland.html?site=brisbane&program=612_morning
1. “Half of Queensland Year 6 students fall below science proficiency standard”
Tanya Chilcott, Courier-Mail, 13 Dec 2013
2. “LNP government wants teachers’ pay linked to students’ ratings”
Tanya Chilcott, Courier-Mail, 2 December 2013
3. Video: Queensland Studies Authority explains how to use ‘A-E standards elaborations’
Watch video on how Qld’s confusing alphabet marking for schools means students can’t see their actual marks out of 10. Since alphabet letters don’t actually add up teachers are told to make a ‘defensible, on–balance judgement’ in other words, ‘a guess’ as to a child’s test result or overall subject grade.
4. “Queensland most improved state on NAPLAN but state still below national average in all 20 test scores”
Tanya Chilcott, Courier-Mail, 13 September 2013
5. “Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry into Assessment of Senior Maths, Chemistry and Physics”
Australian Family Association, 13 May 2013