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Outcomes of the Graduating Class of 2016 Released

19 February 2017

Queensland independent schools are continuing to deliver strong academic and vocational outcomes for Year 12 students, according to data released today.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has today published statewide and regional reports on the outcomes achieved by the graduating seniors of 2016.

The data includes information on the numbers of students achieving Overall Position (OP) scores, vocational qualifications, including those who participated in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship or completed a VET certificate, as well as students graduating with an International Baccalaureate Diploma. The reports are available on the QCAA website -

Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson congratulated all Queensland independent schools on their results and commended them on their commitment to equipping Year 12 students with the knowledge, skills and capabilities needed to succeed and thrive after school.

“Parents and the community should take confidence from the data which shows the overwhelming majority of schools are graduating students with a recognised credential, such as a Queensland Certificate of Education, an OP or a vocational qualification – credentials that will provide a firm launchpad into the next phase of their lives,” Mr Robertson said.

“Furthermore annual surveys of Queensland Year 12 school leavers confirm that about nine in 10 are enrolled in further study, training or have a job within six months of graduating, which is further testament to the work being done by schools.”

Mr Robertson also congratulated all students who received QCAA Distinguished Academic Achiever awards. The list of award recipients is available on the QCAA website -

“Award recipients who were recognised as the top performing Year 12 students from 2016 included students from 16 independent schools across the state.”

Mr Robertson cautioned parents and the community against relying on one single piece of data from the reports released today to assess the achievements of a school.

“While Queensland’s independent schooling sector has a strong academic track record, the number of high OPs achieved by students in a particular year isn’t the only measure of a school’s success,” he said.

“What this data doesn’t show is the incredible progress some individual students make over their schooling lives to achieve their goals and the wrap-around career education support and pastoral care independent schools provide during this journey.”

Queensland’s senior schooling and tertiary entrance systems are currently being reformed with Year 11 students in 2019 to be the first to experience the new changes.

The Queensland Government has approved a range of reforms to senior schooling including:

  • replacing the Overall Position (OP) with the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), which is a finer grained rank order of students from 0.00 to 99.95, with increments of 0.05 
  • a new assessment model that will see senior students complete one external assessment (worth between 25 and 50 percent depending on the subject) and three school-based assessments for each subject
  • a major review of senior subjects to ensure they better reflect the knowledge and skills students require for further education, training and work.

Media contact: Justine Nolan M: 0428 612 315 E:

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