OP overhaul could be on horizon

THE scoring process of high school students vying for a spot at university will be reviewed in the next few years.

The Overall Position (OP) tool ranks the success of senior high school students in their studies by giving them a score between 1 and 25 once they finish high school.

Universities use the grade as an entry level requirement for their courses.

However, the system has been questioned as the rate of students signing up to complete an OP plummets.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said on Tuesday a few years ago the rate of students doing an OP was about 80% - compared to 55% now.

The OP system has been in place for 20 years, which is 10 years too long in Mr Langbroek's view.

Mr Langbroek confirmed his department would review the OP system but nothing would change over the next two years.

"..many things have had to change in the last 20 years and that is why it is appropriate and it was supposed to be reviewed after 10 years," he said.

"This is not something we are planning in the next six months. It is something we are planning (a review) to do over the next few years.

"This will take some time and I am not going to put a timeline on it."

In 2010, the rest of Australia adopted the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, which also includes vocational education subjects. 


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