CQUniversity Professor Ken Purnell
CQUniversity Professor Ken Purnell

Stress less about OP scores due out next month

ONE of the architects of the OP systems has sent out this message to the Class of 2015 - don't stress about OP.

The system is due to be phased out  after 2017 after a decision by the State Government with a new tertiary entrance ranking system to be introduced in 2018.

The new system will include a mix of internal and external exams, starting with students entering Year 11 in 2018 - this year's grade eights.

CQUniversity Professor Ken Purnell  - one of the architects of the OP system - is not shedding a tear at the system being replaced.

He explains why the OP system which once served us well has reached the end of its usefulness, even before it is phased out in 2017:

  1. With many more university places available nowadays, hardly any high school leavers miss out (except in a few high-demand courses like medicine);
  2. The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) has long ago introduced an OP-equivalent system recognising vocational qualifications.
  3. There's no need to define yourself by your OP as most students in each Year 12 age-cohort are not even eligible for an OP. Far better to get your foot in the door and then transfer between courses or universities as required.
  4. The Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) is not in favour of a single rank order, questioning the appropriateness nowadays of a single queue regardless of what students have studied or intend to study.
  5. The interface between school and university is being redesigned to boost the quality and robustness of school-based assessments and marking, as well as tertiary entrance.


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