Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Education and Training
In light of what has been an extraordinary year for Year 11 and 12 students with the impacts of COVID-19, adjustments have been made to external assessments for 2020 to ensure student wellbeing is supported.
Expert panels have reviewed and verified the external assessment requirements for all pre-tertiary Levels 3 and 4 courses.
A cross-sector Working Group comprising all school sectors and TASC have reviewed and verified these requirements on a course-by-course basis.
Of the 51 adjustments for 2020, 41 have been finalised. The final 10 (covering English 3, maths and science courses) will be published on June 12.
Adjustments made to external assessments have been grouped into four types:
- Adjustments to reflect 2020 adjustments to courses. For example, Art Production, Media Production, Drama, Health Studies.
- Adjustments to written exams to streamline content. For example, Accounting, English Literature and Economics.
- Adjustments to some folio due dates. For example, some folios have later due dates to give students more time including Student Directed Inquiry, Psychologyand Housing and Design.
- Adjustments to externally assessed performances. For example, Dance Choreography and Performance, and Music.
Students who are eligible can be confident they will receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) which, as always, will be comparable with other Year 12 students across the country.
Depending on their chosen Level 3 or 4 courses, external assessment for Years 11 and 12 students can include written exams, research projects, folios, performance and oral exams.
I would like to thank all teachers, school staff, the working group and TASC for their continued understanding and commitment to supporting students and their families during this uncertain and difficult time.