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Educational terminology - explained

​The world of  education can seem like “alphabet soup” with it's myriad of acronyms and unfamiliar terminology. It is challenging for many staff within Education to stay abreast of the terminology and even more daunting for parents with these terms and acronyms being commonly utilized.

We have compiled the glossary below to assist you:

Acronyms/Terminology ​    Explanation 



From 2020, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will replace the Overall Position (OP) as the standard pathway to tertiary study for Queensland Year 12s. The ATAR is the primary mechanism used nationally for tertiary admissions and indicates a student’s position relative to other students. To receive an ATAR, students need to study at least four General subjects plus one other.

Base School​

B​ase ​​school is where the student is enrolled for themajority of their subjects (most of these students study only one subject with BrisbaneSDE).


​Online access portal to course materials.

​Blackboard Collaborate

​Online access portal to the classroom environment.

​Daily Notices

Students and supervisors access Daily Notices on our website each morning for teacher absences and important notifications. This is updated daily by 7.30am.

​Discovery Centre

​School Library


​Enrolment categories - Distance, Overseas, Travellers, Medical, Approved, Home Based

​Enrichment Days

​These are held at the end of each term for students in Prep to Year 6 / and Years 7 to 9. These face to face activities with teachers and Home Based supervisors allow networking and access support services within the school.


​Guidance Officer/s


​Humanities and Social Studies

Home Based students    

​Students enrolled under Home Based Enrolment category. Family chooses distance education as their preferred education provider.

​Home Based supervisors

​​This term refers to the person/s at home who are supervising their student’s school work.


​Head of Department (Curriculum)


​Head of School


​Health and Physical Education


Jacaranda Plus Bundle - is a mandatory 
online resource for students in Years 7 to 10.


​​Lesson Attachment Form - attached to all hard copy student work to identify your student as the sender and is returned to the subject teacher.

​Learning Place

The Learning Place - is the department's comprehensive eLearning environment providing secure access to an innovative range of digital tools, resources and online spaces for teaching and learning, collaboration and networking.


Managed Internet Service - platform students access for Education Queensland emails, iConnect, OneSchool, the Learning Place and Blackboard/eLearn.


NAPLAN - is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests the types of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.​


OneSchool is the department's comprehensive software suite that schools use to run safe, secure, sustainable and consistent reporting and administrative processes.


Overall position​ - An OP is a student's position in a state wide rank order based on their overall achievement in Authority subjects. It indicates how well a student has done in comparison to all other OP -eligible students in Queensland and is used for tertiary entrance purposes only. Please note: OP score will no longer be applicable after 2019.



Professional Development



Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority - The QCAA is a statutory body of the Queensland Government and plays a critical role in the design and delivery of education in Queensland in collaboration with a range of stakeholders and partner agencies.



Queensland Certificate of Education - the QCE is Queensland's senior secondary schooling qualification. It is internationally recognised and provides evidence of senior schooling achievements. Queensland is introducing a new QCE system starting with Year 11 students in 2019.​



Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement - the QCIA recognises the achievements of students who are on individualised learning programs.



Queensland Core Skills - The QCS Test contributes information for the calculation of Overall Positions (OPs) and Field Positions (FPs), which are used to select students for tertiary entrance.


​Payment form/invoice



Return Of Work as per the subject Work Rate Calendar outlines when work must be returned to school/teachers.



School based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT) – students in Senior School can opt to study a SAT via a third party provider (more information on our SAT webpage).



Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance (SATE) arrangements will commence for students who enter Year 11 in 2019. The new senior system will build on current assessment with subject based external assessment to support and promote high-quality assessment practice.

School Based students


A student enrolled at another school studying a subject (or subjects) through BrisbaneSDE because the student is unable to study the subject at their base school. This could be for a number of reasons:

1. The school does not offer the subject/timetable clash.

2. The student has transferred into the school and the school’s timetable does not allow the student to continue studying the subject from the previous school.

School Based supervisors

This term refers to the person/s at the student’s base school who are supervising that student’s school work.


Special Education Program is a structured education program specifically designed for students with a verified disability.


Scheduled Lessons - students are enrolled into classes by their teachers and students access their SLs via Blackboard Collaborate.


Vocational Education and Training - designed to deliver workplace specific skills and knowledge, vocational education and training (VET) covers a wide range of careers and industries, including trade and office work, retail, hospitality and technology.


Work Rate Calendar is the schedule of student activities and tasks (including Formative and Summative Assessment items) and the dates they are due / must be submitted.


Year Level Coordinators – the YLCs provide another level of support and counsel to students in their respective year levels.