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    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Comprehensive report on Year 12 results released

    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Tuesday, April 01, 2008

    Comprehensive report on Year 12 results released

    Comprehensive data released today on the academic and vocational achievements of 2007 Queensland Year 12 students shows the diverse pathways being chosen by today’s students.

    Education and Training Minister Rod Welford said the information being published today in major newspapers around the state and on the Queensland Studies Authority website showed students were leaving school well-prepared for the future.

    “This information on student and school achievement gives parents a clearer picture of what is happening in Queensland schools and reflects our Government’s commitment to school reporting accountability,” Mr Welford said.

    “The best measure of a school’s success is its ability to help students fulfil their aspirations, whether that is attending university, learning a trade, entering employment or earning a vocational qualification.

    “Our state needs students who train to be a tradespeople as much as we need those who study for the professions.”

    Mr Welford said an increased number of students were awarded a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in 2007.

    “The number of VET qualifications awarded in 2007 increased by 26.7% on the previous year and they weren’t just awarded to students not planning on going on to tertiary study,” he said.

    “An increasing number of students are obtaining a VET qualification while at school to give them an edge in their chosen career.

    “The number of OP-eligible students who were awarded a VET qualification increased by 15.3%, while the number of OP-ineligible students who gained a VET qualification rose by 26.6%.

    “Another pleasing aspect of the data this year is that the number of students who were both OP-ineligible and received no VET qualification decreased by 10.8%.

    “That means we have more students leaving school with either a VET qualification and/or an OP score, which gives them more career and study options.”

    Mr Welford said the data released today showed information about schools including the percentage of students with an OP 1-15, the number completing or continuing school-based apprenticeships or traineeships and the number of vocational qualifications awarded.

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

    The data is available on the QSA website at:

    Media contact: Marnie Stitz on 3237 1000 or 0419 734 985