Qld to scrap OP system in high school

Year 12 students in Queensland will no longer receive an Overall Position score under reforms to the state’s assessment system.

The changes will be phased in from 2018, when Year 11 students will be the first to move over to the new system as they work towards graduation.

Education Minister Kate Jones says the change is about moving to a fairer system that reflects what’s being done in other states and territories.


It’s believed students will instead face some external exams and receive an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) in line with students across the rest of the nation.

While OPs scored students between 1 and 25, the ATAR scores between 99.95 and zero – the higher the number, the better the result.

Labor’s plan reflects a similar change flagged by the former Liberal National Party government, but Labor won’t make the switch until a year after the former Newman government had planned to.