Small high school sets standard for OP results in region
A SMALL country town school has topped the list of the region's Year 12 rankings.
And a private school in Gladstone was the region's lowest in senior schooling performance indicators released by the Minister for Education, Training and Employment yesterday.
Biloela State High School, which had 89 Year 12 graduates, had the highest Overall Position in the region with 24% of eligible Year 12 students achieving an OP score in the top bracket.
Gladstone's St Stephens Lutheran College, which had nine Year 12 graduates, was the only high school with OP-eligible students to have none graduate in the top bracket.
Twenty-three per cent of eligible Toolooa State High School graduates achieved a score in the highest bracket of 1-5.
Tannum Sands State High School and independent school Chanel College both achieved 20%.
The statewide trend away from the OP system observed in recent years is also apparent in the Gladstone region.
Many students are choosing non-OP subjects in trades that offer a more direct route to the workforce.
Tannum Sands State High School principal Ray Johnston said 60% of his final-year students in 2013 were eligible for an OP score.
The remainder chose a vocational pathway.
"Schools have got increasingly better at offering programs to kids who are not looking for university entry," Mr Johnston said.
Students who choose non-OP subjects such as woodworking and hospitality are not less bright than their OP-scoring peers.
"It's often just the subjects they choose happen to not be OP subjects," Mr Johnston said.
While St Stephens Lutheran College had no 2013 graduates scoring an OP in the highest bracket, six of the seven OP-eligible students achieved scores in the second and third brackets.
The OP system ranks Year 12 graduates from 1-25. One is the highest score in the scale.
Toolooa State High School produced 36 students with OP scores between one and 15, out of a total of 40 OP-eligible students.
This means 90% of OP-eligible students at Toolooa State High School graduated with OP scores in the top three brackets.
Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said Queensland's education system continued to go from strength to strength.
He said statewide the Year 12 class of 2013 achieved record results.
Biloela State High School and St Stephens Lutheran College were unavailable for comment.
2013 graduates in top OP bracket:
- Biloela State High School: 24%
- Toolooa State High School: 23%
- Tannum Sands State High School: 20%
- Chanel College: 20%
- Gladstone State High School: 19%
- Longreach State High School: 0
- St Stephens Lutheran College: 0
2013 graduates in top three OP brackets:
- Toolooa State High School: 90 %
- St Stephens Lutheran College: 86%
- Biloela State High School: 79%
- Longreach State High School: 75%
- Gladstone State High School: 74%
- Chanel College: 74%
- Tannum Sands State High School: 66%