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Strong results for regional schools

THE 2009 Year 12 student outcome report was published on the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) website today, revealing strong results for regional schools.

Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said this year's report was the most detailed ever, giving a further breakdown of OPs (Overall Positions) and vocational education and training (VET) qualifications.

"For the first time, Queenslanders will be able to see school by school the number of students with an OP 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-25 and the number of VET qualifications at level I, II, III and above," Mr Wilson said.

Mr Wilson said one of the most pleasing aspects of the information was that it showed regional schools were performing strongly.

Results are available on the QSA website

Mr Wilson said more than 78 per cent of the state's 43,547 Year 12 graduates achieved a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), more than 18 per cent an OP 1-5 and more than 38 per cent a vocational education and training (VET) qualification Certificate II. More than 200 students received an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

"Focusing on only one factor such as the number of students achieving an OP 1-5, OP 1-15 or International Baccalaureate Diploma does not capture the full range of learning options schools now offer or the pathways that young people wish to take," he said.

"While many students aspire to go to university, there are also those who want to learn a trade or go to TAFE.

"Our state needs the student who trains to be a fully qualified electrician or plumber as much as we need the one who studies to be an accountant or doctor."

Mr Wilson said the Year 12 outcomes report demonstrated young people were making successful transitions from school to work and further study.


"Parents should use the information as a guide, remembering there are many factors that make a school suitable for a student," he said.


Improvements in Queensland schools from 2008 to 2009 include:

  • Students awarded Queensland Certificates of Education, up 2.7 per cent to 78.2 per cent.
  • Students awarded a VET qualification, up 4.7 per cent to 56.9 per cent.
  • Students awarded with a QCE,VET,OP or SAT, up 1.8 per cent to 91.1 per cent.
  • Students were awarded with OP 1-15/IBD, up 1.2 per cent to 73.3 per cent.
  • Students awarded an OP in the range 1 to 5, up 0.8 per cent to 18.3 per cent.

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The full report is available on the QSA website.

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