OP system needs to be more responsive: principal

THE state education system needs to be more responsive to the changing times, according to a local educator.

Gladstone State High School principal Chris Hills said students had a better idea about their futures now, and any senior assessment model that improved students' outcomes after school was a welcome one.

The plan to scrap the Queensland OP system in favour of a new model looks as if it will progress under the Palaszczuk government.

While the OP system has been widely used by students in years gone by, a recent outcomes report shows the system has less relevance now, with just 53% of Year 12 students gaining an OP score last year.

A new scheme could see subject results based on four assessment activities, including three school-based assessment activities and one external assessment activity.

Mrs Hills said there was a vast number of options for Year 12 students.

"OP was introduced when I was starting as a teacher. Every kid had an OP," she said.

Now, that isn't the case.

"The way we access university has changed and as things develop we need to be responsive of that.

"More people have more ideas about their futures now and an OP system that was valid 20 years ago might not be now."

Consultation on the plan closes at the end of this month.

What other principals had to say:

Trinity College principal Trish Hodgson: "(The change) is long overdue, and having worked on both sides of secondary and tertiary settings, I know that the review is essential at this point in time."

Faith Baptist Christian College principal Steve Muller: "I don't have a strong opinion either way.

Our school is different in that a student might be in Year 12 but not doing year 12 work. Our curriculum is tailored to students' needs."

Toolooa State High School principal Garry Goltz: "It is too early to comment."

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