In response to a letter that had appeared the previous day, the following letter was submitted to The Courier-Mail for possible publication on Friday 5 June 2015. Two letters on the topic were printed but mine was not selected.
Balance needed in schooling
Anita Bailey (Letters, June 4) is misguided to suggest that schooling should be solely concerned with the transmission of a prescribed set of knowledge and that external exams are the only worthwhile form of educational assessment.
Sensible schooling needs to provide students with both knowledge and skills; neither on its own can properly equip students for the future.
Bailey also overstates the case in relation to Queensland's system of school-based assessment. While some aspects of the current system at senior level need reform, that does not mean that a complete return to an external examination regime is the appropriate response. Even the ACER review team did not recommend that.
If external examinations are the only acceptable form of educational assessment, it needs to be asked why universities are not subject to such a system.
President, Australian Association for the Teaching of English
Teacher event - external assessment
Latest news Due to the lockdown in south east Queensland, this event will now be fully online. Links for the sessions will be emailed to all registrants on FRIDAY afternoon; you will be able to access the materials from 9am on Saturday morning. If you registered for in-person attendance, your registration will be automatic...
Darling Downs Branch presents
The Darling Downs Branch will present Everything about the external exam on Wednesday 11 August from 3:30 to 5:30pm.
Join us for an afternoon to reconnect with English colleagues, engage in discussion and explore ideas on how to prepare students for the external exam.
Grammar PD term 3
To assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E), a further session will be held on Saturday 28 August at a venue (to be announced) in the metropolitan area. Download the flyer for further details. If your school is inter...
Student event - external assessment
Flexible modes of delivery will allow you and your students to engage with the materials at a time that suits you. Once again this event will be fully online to cater for all members and their students. This year the materials will come to you live in the afternoon of Wednesday 8 September. The recorded materials will th...
Pre-service teachers present
Townsville branch will present EMBEDDING INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES IN AUSTRALIAN SHORT STORY UNIT. by a group of pre-service teachers on Saturday 16 October 2021 from 9 am till 11 am.
See the flyer for more details. Registrations will open on 1st September.
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