Latest Schooling Changes

School education policies at the national and state levels are always under review, with the Queensland and Australian Governments making small and major changes at different times.

The Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network (QIS Parents Network) has drawn together information for parents on some of the big changes and proposals that will affect their child’s education.

Queensland Senior Schooling Reforms

Year 12 students in 2020 will be the first to graduate under historic changes to Queensland’s senior schooling system.

The QIS Parents Network has summarised the key changes for parents in this factsheet.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has put together a comprehensive range of information for school communities about the changes and how schools are preparing for them | LEARN MORE

The QCAA has also recently provided advice to schools about how to record details and achievement for students completing their senior studies in a variable progression rate (VPR) arrangement that bridges the current system of senior assessment and the new QCE system | LEARN MORE

Year 1 Literacy and Numeracy Check

The Australian Government has proposed a national check of all Year 1 students in the areas of reading, phonics and numeracy to identify children who are struggling to ensure they receive relevant support. No final decision has been made. An expert panel has provided its recommendations to the Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham and State and Territory Education Ministers | LEARN MORE 


Significant work is afoot to help prepare schools, teachers and students for NAPLAN moving online. Education Ministers are currently working through a range of details relating to the online tests, such as ensuring there are no technical barriers to student participation.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has developed detailed information about the research behind the switch from pen and paper to an online test, as well as responses to frequently asked questions | LEARN MORE

ACARA has also created a website with a range of test questions so parents and students can familiarise themselves with how the online tests will be conducted | LEARN MORE

The Queensland Government has created a special website with comprehensive information on what Queensland schools are doing to get ready for the change | LEARN MORE