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​A​AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009An international standard which provides principles and generic guidelines on risk management.
 Australian CurriculumThe national curriculum for students in K (Prep) to Year 12 covering subject areas outlined in the Melbourne Declaration (2008).​
 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)A population measure of how children have developed by the time they start school. Data is captured on five domains of early childhood development: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, and communication skills and general knowledge. It is a national census conducted every three years with the last census conducted in 2015.
CCertificationEither a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA).
 Code of PracticeA set of rules that explain how people working in a particular profession should behave.
 Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C)A comprehensive set of example planning resources to assist teachers and schools to implement the Australian Curriculum in many different school contexts.
DDE International The Queensland Government's key coordination point for positioning Queensland's state school sector internationally and increasing its level of global engagement.
 Deadly KindiesA collaboration between the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and the Queensland Department of Education. The initiative is designed to highlight the importance of kindergarten in early childhood education and encourage attendance.
FFull-time equivalents (FTEs)A representative number that is calculated by assessing the hours worked over the financial year by all full-time and part-time employees, and converting this to a corresponding number of employees as if all staff were full-time.
IIndigenousA person who identifies to be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.
 Injury Prevention and Management Program (IPaM)Injury Prevention and Management Program is a project of the Office of Industrial Relations.
 International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD)An internationally recognised, two-year curriculum that prepares 16- to 19-year-old students for university. Students receive credit for subjects studied in the program at leading universities around the world, reducing the time required to complete a Bachelor degree.
KKey performance indicator (KPI)Tracking indicator used to measure the achievement of outputs against goals.
 Kindergarten programAn education program delivered to children in the year before full-time school by a qualified early childhood teacher for 600 hours a year. Government-approved kindergarten programs are available in a range of settings, including standalone kindergarten services; kindergarten services operated by non-state schools, long-day care services, and selected schools in some remote and discrete Indigenous communities.
NNational Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)Annual tests conducted nationally in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 covering reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The results provide information for teachers and schools on individual student performance on a national basis. This is used to identify areas of strength and where further assistance may be required. NAPLAN tests are part of a collaborative process between states and territories, the Australian Government and non-government school sectors.
 National Minimum Standard (NMS)Nationally-set standards against which the results of NAPLAN tests are compared. For each year level, a minimum standard is defined and located on the common underlying scale. Band 2 is the minimum standard for Year 3; Band 4 is the minimum standard for Year 5; Band 5 is the minimum standard for Year 7; and Band 6 is the minimum standard for Year 9.
 National Partnership AgreementAn agreement between the Commonwealth and the states and territories to facilitate coordination, monitoring and delivery of strategies to improve service delivery.
 National Quality Framework The National Quality Framework provides for the regulation and quality assessment and rating of long-day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten, and outside school hours care services across Australia. The framework includes the National Law and National Regulations, the National Quality Standard, an assessment and quality rating process and national learning frameworks.
 National Quality StandardA key aspect of the National Quality Framework and sets a national benchmark for early childhood education and care services.
OOneSchoolAn automated system in all Queensland state schools which provides teachers, administrators and principals with secure, easy access to information about students, curriculum, assessment and progress reporting, school facilities and school finance.
 Operational PlanTranslates agency objectives into the services (outputs) that it will provide to its clients, and the standards for those services (performance measures).
PParents and Citizens' Association (P&C)A group of community-minded parents and citizens who take on a more formal role to assist a school by providing feedback on school policies and activities, additional resources to be used to enhance student learning, and providing parents with greater opportunities to be involved in their child's education.
 Pneumoconiosis A disease of the lungs due to inhalation of dust, characterized by inflammation, coughing, and fibrosis.
 PortfolioThe department or group of departments for which a Minister is responsible.
 PrepA full-time, non-compulsory program that replaced preschool. It runs five days a week and follows the established school times and routines. Taking a play- and inquiry-based approach to learning, Prep is offered at every Queensland state school and selected independent and Catholic schools.
 Pre-PrepRefer to k​indergarten program.
QQueensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA)This statutory body is responsible for providing kindergarten to Year 12 syllabuses and guidelines, and assessment, testing, reporting, certification and tertiary entrance services to Queensland schools.
SService Delivery Statement (SDS)Budget papers prepared annually on a portfolio basis by agencies reporting to each minister and the Speaker. It provides budgeted financial and non-financial information for the budget year. The SDS sets out the priorities, plans and financial statements of agencies.
 Special Education Programs A grouping of specialist teachers with experience and/or qualifications in dedicated areas of specialisation to support the education program for students with disability.
 Strategic PlanThe document which provides the agency's purpose and direction. It outlines the department's overall objectives (including its contribution to whole-of-government objectives, ambitions and targets) and how it will know if it has achieved those agency objectives (performance indicators).
 Supporting People Experiencing Learning Differences (Speld) QldA not-for-profit organisation whose goal is to provide a quality educational support service to support people experiencing learning differences across our state.
TTraineeshipA system of training regulated by law or custom which combines on-the-job training and work experience with formal off-the-job training, while in paid employment.
WWork Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ)Work Health and Safety Queensland, a unit of the Office of Industrial Relations.
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Last updated
01 November 2018