Young people are taking a hard look at how they’re being tested and the age restrictions placed on them.
Here’s how they are doing it.
Read more”We are not a country where we want to see children at the end of their lives without testing,” Dr Andrew Wainwright, the head of the testing unit at the University of Queensland’s School of Engineering, told the ABC.
“It is a matter of concern that we have such a high proportion of teenagers who are taking the test at the age of 11 or 12.”
Dr Wainwrights comments come as a report released this week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) found that one in five Queenslanders aged 11 to 17 were enrolled in schoolboy tests.
The study found the state had the highest proportion of children aged 11-13 enrolled in tests of any state in the country.
It found one in eight Queenslanders were taking tests at the same age as other students in the same grade.
In the state, one in four Queenslanders had tested for the state’s schoolboy exams.
The AIHW report also found that in 2013-14, Queensland had the lowest proportion of students aged 11 or under testing.
“Schoolboys are the most popular age group of children to test in Queensland,” Dr Wainwys report found.
“For example, one third of Queensland children aged between 11 and 13 were tested in schoolboys’ examinations in the year ending September 2013-2014.
The number of students testing in school boys’ examinations fell to the lowest in Queensland since the late 1990s.”
The AIW study found more than half of all Queensland students were enrolled for a test in their schoolboy examination year.
The number fell from 65 per cent in 2014-15 to 55 per cent last year.
According to the AIHNW, the percentage of students in Queensland aged 11 and under testing in the state has increased by 18 per cent over the past decade.