2 Program Executive Principal: Wade Haynes Introduction to Senior Phase of LearningQCEPathwaysSenior Education & Training PlanSenior RequirementsPrerequisitesSubject Selection
3 Key contacts Troy McMahon Deputy Principal Senior School Emily SimonsDeputy Principal, Year 9 (2014)Anna DollmanHead of Department Senior SchoolingMichael GravesGuidance OfficerNicole CollinsWendy WilliamsYear 9 Coordinator 2014Janice HeadDeputy PrincipalYear 8
4 Senior Phase of Learning Years 10, 11 and 12 Our goal is for each student to have a meaningful pathway and to establish the foundations for a successful future. We expect each student to achieve a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).Successful future – meaningful pathway.
5 Queensland Certificate of Education A minimum of 12 credits from core at Sound Achievement (SA) or better8 credits from core, preparatory, enrichment or advanced at SA or better3 subjects of learning over 4 semestersAt least one semester of literacy and numeracy at SAQCE does not influence tertiary entranceTalk about subject changes here – if you have too many you can find yourself in strife.
7 Pathways at Brisbane State High ALL SENIOR STUDENTS GET A QCEPathways:OPSit QCS + 5 Authority subjectsCan include a VETSelection RankQTAC Selection RankRecommended – VETAdditional learning options:VET – school-based or externalCertificate III, IV or DiplomaSchool-based Apprenticeships & TraineeshipsOP:Most direct access to University and tertiary studies; generally more meaningful (opportunities) if….VET Qual:offers access to TAFE, University, Further Study, EmploymentOP + VET:You need a minimum of 5 authority subjects to be OP eligible, so you can combine this with either a school-based certificate or a TAFE course, which gives you an additional qualification
9 What is an OP? OP = Overall Position OP1 (highest) to OP25 (lowest) Achievement and Position are not the same thing.OP = Overall PositionOP1 (highest) to OP25 (lowest)Students seeking an OP:Have a minimum of 20 semester units (5 Authority subjects x 4 semesters)Study a minimum of 3 subjects continuously through Years 11 & 12Sit the Queensland Core Skills Test (QCS)You are selecting subjects for 2 years.Changing a subject does not mean it ‘doesn’t count’An OP Indicates how well a student has done in comparison to all other OP-eligible students in Queensland (rank order) and is used for tertiary entrance purposes only. Students are placed in one of 25 bandsTo get an OP you must study a certain number of Authority subjects and satisfy other requirements including completion of Year 12 and the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test. The basic eligibility requirement is 20 semester units of credit in Authority subjects with at least three subjects taken for four semesters. Authority subjects are based on syllabuses that have been approved and issued by the QSA.Commonly students undertake 6 OP (Authority) subjects with the top 5 contributing to the OP.
10 How are OPs calculated? 5 Achievement bands: Achievement and Position are not the same thing.5 Achievement bands:Very High Achievement (VHA)High Achievement (HA)Sound Achievement (SA)Limited Achievement (LA)Very Limited Achievement (VLA)Achievement bands separated into 10 rungsThis represents a rank order for this subjectYou are selecting subjects for 2 years.Changing a subject does not mean it ‘doesn’t count’Each student is rated within a band in each subjectVery High Achievement (VHA)High Achievement (HA)Sound Achievement (SA)Limited Achievement (LA)Very Limited Achievement (VLA)Levels of Achievement are assigned by the school and moderated by a statewide panel.
11 Each student assigned a SAI (subject achievement indicator). Achievement and Position are not the same thing.Each student assigned a SAI (subject achievement indicator).Score between 400 and 200.SAIs show individual achievement compared with the achievement of other students in each subject.400You are selecting subjects for 2 years.Changing a subject does not mean it ‘doesn’t count’The level of achievement is not the most important thing, you want to be as high as you possibly can be in comparison with others.200
12 Scaling Achievement – Stage 1 Subject 1Subject 2Subject 3Subject 4Subject 5Subject 6Two stages of scaling then occurIn school – QCAA uses QCS test group data to scale each subject and establish an overall ‘school ladder’Statewide – QCAA uses QCS test data for the whole school to compare State High with all other schools and establish an overall ‘State ladder’.Your rank is given in a band from 1 – 25.QCS Subject Results Applied
13 Scaling Achievement – Stage 1 Whole of BSHS ladder
14 Scaling Achievement – Stage 2 School 1School 2School 3School 4School 5School 6QCS School Results Applied
15 Scaling Achievement – Stage 2 Cut-off appliedOP AwardedSome students may be ranked very highly within their VHA band in every subject, while others may be at the fringe.QCS test performance can vary year to year.Subject group performance on QCS test can vary from year to year.Whole of Queensland ladder
16 OP MythsMyth 1: To get an OP1, it's better to study some subjects than othersMyth 2: Students with 5 or more VHAs and an "A" on the QCS Test automatically get an OP1Myth 3: Students with 5 SAIs of 400 will get an OP1Myth 4: High achievers in a low-achieving group can't get a good OP1 - All subjects are treated equally in the calculation of OPs. Any apparent inequality is the result of scaling, which takes into account the different overall capabilities of students in different subject groups and schools. To get a good OP, students must be ahead of strong competition. If the competition is not strong in some subjects, then a student needs to be a long way ahead of the other students to achieve a good OP.It is possible to obtain an OP1 from any combination of subjects. However, students need to perform much better than other students in subjects where the competition is weak. An OP1 student must perform at the level of the top 2% of students in the state.2 - Levels of Achievement cover fairly broad ranges of achievement. Not all students awarded Very High Achievements (VHAs) are at the same standard. Some students may be at the top of the VHA range, while others may be doing just well enough to get a VHA. In addition, Levels of Achievement in different subjects do not represent equivalent standards.To be awarded an OP1, students must be in the top 2% of all students in Queensland. There are many more students with 5 VHAs than there are OP1s.3 - Not necessarily. In fact, usually not. An SAI of 400 only indicates that the student was the school's highest achieving student in that particular subject. This student may not be the best student overall in the school, nor among the top 2% of students in Queensland overall.4 - A student who wants a good OP must demonstrate outstanding achievement. In a low-achieving group, this outstanding achievement would be reflected in a large gap between the SAI of that student and the SAIs of other students.5 - The procedures followed for the calculation of OPs are exactly the same for students in every school. What a student needs to consider when comparing OPs is where they are placed, by their teachers, against what kind of competition. This applies whatever school a student attends.Students, not schools, are awarded OPs. However, schools are not random collections of students. The quality, application and performance of students is unevenly distributed, so different performances at different schools is to be expected.6 - The QSA has special procedures in place for small groups and small schools to ensure that this doesn't occur. SAIs are assigned differently, and the scaling processes are adjusted to make sure that OPs reflect students' performances fairly.7 - It is important to realise that the QCS Test results are used in the scaling procedures only to determine where the group fits on the baseline scale. What matters for the individual student are their SAIs. A student's individual QCS Test result contributes to the group results for each of their subject-groups and their school-group. QCS Test data are used to provide scaling parameters for different subject-groups and for the whole cohort of OP-eligible students at a student's school. The individual student's QCS Test result contributes to that group data.In determining the scaling parameters, the QSA checks to see whether any student has QCS Test results which seem quite different from their within-school performance - as might be the case if a high-achieving student were sick on one or both days of the QCS Test and did not perform as well as expected. The contribution of the QCS Test data of these students is down-weighted so that these unusual results will not distort the group's mean and spread on the test.
17 Tertiary EntranceFor OP students, your OP is converted to a selection rankORA rank score is calculated using weightings developed by QTAC – Queensland Tertiary Admission CentreQualificationSelection RankOP ‘equivalent’Certificate III6815/16Certificate IV7212/13Diploma828/9AMEB Grade 7/884If your R6 data says you are not well positioned in your group this may be a good option.Check QTAC knows about any additional qualificationsNot all institutions participating In QTAC accept these schedules in the same way.
18 For further information, visit the QCAA website
19 Senior requirements SET Plans Post compulsory Meaningful pathways AttendanceWork completionParticipationShort Course in Careers (Year 10 ARC)QCS prep is for all OP studentsTutorial groups are for students on a selection rank pathway
20 Year 10 students:Must study English OR English Literature OR English CommunicationMust study either Prep Mathematics B or Prep Mathematics A or Fast Track Maths (preselected students only)Must study Science in BOTH semestersAt least two subjects must be selected from Humanities (SOSE, History, Geography)Explain what the Humanities includes: Legal, Philosophy, Geography, Social & Community Studies, the Histories
21 Year 10 students:Choose an additional FOUR electives (undertake TWO per semester)No more than TWO electives can be chosen from HPESome Unit 2 subjects require the introductory subject to be completed in first Semester (see Senior Course Guide)Recommended: Some electives, such as Languages, should be taken for TWO semesters if you wish to continue this subject in years 11 & 12Choose an additional THREE electives, listed in order of preference (at least one Humanities)QCS prep is for all OP studentsTutorial groups are for students on a selection rank pathway
22 Prerequisites for Senior BSHS Website | Our School | Policies & Reports | Senior Schooling PolicyEnabling successful pathwaysEnsure you check all prerequisitesListed in the Senior Course GuidePrerequisites are a success marker, which indicates your ability to successfully undertake a given subjectAs outlined through assemblies and on previous information nights, students need to have meet prerequisites in Semester 1 in order to gain entry into some subjects at SET Plan. A full list of prerequisites is in the Senior Course Guide and on the school’s website.
23 Subject Selection Guidelines: Summary BSHS Website | Learning | Curriculum | Year 10Be aware of the school prerequisites for senior subjectsConsider prerequisites for possible university coursesChoose subjects in which you have been successful and have an interest in pursuing in year 11 & 12Senior Course Guide and Senior Schooling Policy available now:Subject selections will open from Friday 29th August on OneSchool and close on Friday 5th SeptemberSelections are completed online (OneSchool)