The Education and Innovation Committee’s report no. 25, The assessment methods used in senior mathematics, chemistry and physics in Queensland schools was tabled in Parliament on 14 October, 2013: (Report no. 25 pdf)
The recommendations stated in the report are listed here: Recommendations.
Responses from parents, teachers, academics etc. to the Parliamentary Inquiry:
- EIC and Minister’s Report Card – EIC and Minister’s Combined Mid-Term Progress Report Card on Senior Mathematics and Science Assessment, as assessed by Dr Matt Dean, March 2014.
- Learning a tough lesson Changes to school course work and testing are long overdue.. Opinion Article, Kevin Donnely, Courier Mail, 16 Oct 2013.
- Maths don’t add up Opinion Article, Peter Ridd, Townsville Bulletin, 16 Oct 2013.
- Letter published in the Courier Mail, 17th Oct, 2013: WHAT a breath of fresh air it was to read the opinion piece by Dr Kevin Donnelly ( C-M, Oct 16) on long overdue changes to the school assessment system.
While the Queensland Studies Authority has been busy squandering the academic excellence and possible learning capabilities of schoolchildren with the dumbing down of the curriculum approach to education, so that no child is ever left feeling disappointed and without a prize, the authorities responsible for educating our children’s opposite numbers in China, India and other parts of the world, ie our future competitors, have been ensuring their own children achieve the highest possible academic excellence.
We would do well to keep in mind former prime minister Malcolm Fraser’s prescient warning that “The rest of the world does not owe us a living” and Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ advice to US university students, “The world is not a fair place. Get used to it”.
- Letter published in the Courier Mail, 17 Oct 2013: THE Menkens inquiry’s call for numerical marking and for 50 per cent of assessment to be from statewide exams in maths, chemistry and physics is commendable and should be implemented in time to benefit Year 12s in 2016. In the interim, the findings about the invalidity and unreliability of the Queensland Studies Authority’s assessment in these subjects must be addressed. The solution is to reauthorise the previous highquality syllabi for students entering Year 11 in 2014.
- Letter published in the Courier Mail, 15 Oct 2013: FOR many years, Queensland maths/ science teachers and senior students have suffered long hours of onerous, time-wasting work at the hands of so-called education experts. The Menkens Report points us again towards accountability, actual learning of these useful subjects, and perhaps even meaningful report cards.
- Letter published in the Courier Mail, 15 Oct 2013: IT IS heartening to read ( C-M, Oct 15) that the parliamentary Education and Innovation Committee has made a number of sensible recommendations to Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek to lift the educational standards in senior mathematics and science subjects in Queensland. But it is disappointing to read that the minister is not expected to rush through any changes. Each year of inaction amounts to Queensland students missing out on quality education.
- The recommendations are fantastic news – unlike all the administrivia that we teachers have to battle on a daily basis on top of our work load in the classroom. This is the reason why I am about to retire after 40 years – I’ve had it. But I now know that my grandchildren will be working within a much fairer system and that the teachers of the future will suffer diminished burnout.
- Reading between the lines of this well written yet diplomatic report, the Queensland Studies Authority has been exposed as a fraudulent organisation.
Why wait for the OP review? Abolish the QSA, and adopt the system used by Victoria.
Everyone – except those feathering their nests at the QSA – wins.
- It is heartening to read (C-M, Oct 15) that the EIC has made a number of sensible recommendations to our Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek in order to lift the educational standards in the senior mathematics and science subjects in Queensland. But, it is disappointing to read in the same article that the Minster is not expected to rush through any changes. Each year of inaction by the Minister amounts to thousands of Queensland students missing out on quality education.
- The Menkens’ inquiry’s call for numerical marking and for 50% statewide exams for Queensland students in maths, chemistry and physics is commendable and should be implemented in time to benefit the year 12 cohort in 2016 (‘Uniform exams backed’, 15/10).
In the interim, the inquiry’s worrying findings about the invalidity and unreliablility of QSA’s current assessment methods in these subjects must be addressed. The simplest solution is for Minister Langbroek to direct the QSA to reauthorise its previous high quality syllabi for use by students entering year 11 in 2014. This approach was overwhelmingly endorsed by Liberal National Party members at their annual convention in July 2013.
- Wonderful recommendations I think.
- Recommendation #2 is a beauty!
- For many years, Queensland maths/science teachers and senior students have suffered long hours of onerous, time-wasting busy-work at the hands of so-called ‘education experts’. The Menkens Report points us again towards common sense accountability, actual learning of these useful subjects, and perhaps even meaningful report cards.
- The report from the EIC is refreshing news and gives many students, parents and teachers hope for the future. It does not spell the end of the current system, but it is the beginning of the end. The EIC needs to be congratulated for their clear sightedness and for the radical recommendation that Queensland education needs should rejoin the rest of the world.