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Student assessment, Upper secondary years, Tests, Secondary education, University admission, Policy analysis, Educational policy, Scores, Reports, Position papers


This paper was commissioned to inform the deliberations of the Queensland Review of Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance Processes by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).


This paper is an analysis of selected major reports into Senior assessment and tertiary entrance procedures in Queensland; in particular:

  • Public Examinations for Queensland Secondary School Students (1970, ‘the Radford Report’)
  • A Review of School-based Assessment in Queensland Secondary Schools (1978, ‘the ROSBA Report’)
  • Tertiary Entrance in Queensland: A Review (1987, ‘the Pitman Report’) The Review of Tertiary Entrance in Queensland 1990 (1990, ‘the Viviani Report’).

These reports mark stages in a long history. The first of them, the Radford Report, is almost 45 years old; the most recent, the Viviani Report, is almost 25 years old. The Radford Report was as close in time to World War II as we, in turn, are to the Viviani Report. This paper is not a recounting of that long history but an analysis of some reports that responded to and helped form the history.

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Melbourne Vic


Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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