The Queensland system works a bit differently to the rest of the country.
Everyone who wants to be OP- eligible sits a general knowledge test called the QCS test (completely unrelated to any subjects that you're actually studying).
Your ranking for each subject (so not your actual marks, but where you sit in the ranking compared to other students in your class. So if you got an A and everyone else got a C, your A is worth a lot more than if everyone got an A) is then added to the average QCS score for students in your school studying that subject.
That all gets added up, and all the students in Queensland get ranked against each other, and they allocate the OP scores via a percentage bell curve according to that rank list.
Where the private/public school issue comes in, is that private schools can refuse to allow certain students to sit the QCS test which would effectively increase their average QCS test score which then boosts their students rankings and then their OP's whereas public schools can't.
I know when I went to school, that is how it typically went. Heaps of students weren't op eligible and didn't sit the QCS.
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But there was 330 year 12's in my year and 3 OP 1's. There was 90 students at the private school and 13 OP 1's.
Maths was a compulsory subject but there was less than 40 us enrolled in the maths subject required for university entrance (Maths B), which gives you an idea of the limited number of students that were actually commuted to studying and achieving well.
I remember hearing other students saying that they were purposely going to perform poorly on the QCS test to drag down the rest of a school. A private school could simply refuse to let those students sit the QCS test which would dramatically decrease the risk of having a low average for the school.
Again it also comes back to the fact that most private school students would have the expectation of going to uni as well.
And same thing happens with naplan. Students encouraged to stay home if they aren't up to scratch.
I still don't understand.
Wouldn't that mean that it depends on how everyone does in the state? If you are all ranked against each other? QLD is very confusing!
Are you a Doctor or now? Or in the medical field? Even if you didn't get the score needed, there are other ways to get into medicine.
I have also never heard of students purposely doing poorly to drag the school average down, why would they do that? What is the point?
How could it be considered an excellent High school if people perform so badly in the HSC on purpose?
Last edited by beebs; 14-10-2013 at 20:21.
All this is just another reason to have a national curriculum and uniform schooling across Australia.
There's no qsc? in nsw.
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