Keep up to date with the latest information about school curriculum and assessment, standards and certification of student achievement in Western Australia.

In this edition:

General

VET industry specific WACE course structure

School Administration, VET coordinators

Clarification is provided regarding the structure and delivery of VET industry specific courses.


Consequences of not providing a VET Unique Student Identifier (USI)

School leaders, VET coordinators

For Year 12 students in 2016, schools are reminded to include a VET USI in their data uploads into Student Information Records System (SIRS) in order for students’ units of competency and qualifications to contribute towards the WACE.


Changes to Registered Training Organisation codes – adjusting VET enrolments in the Student Information Records System (SIRS)

School Admin, School leaders, VET coordinators

Changes to the structure of TAFE since the commencement of the school year in 2016 may have a bearing on VET enrolment uploads to the Authority.


Online Student Declaration and Permission

Principals, school leaders, teachers

Schools are reminded that the due date for completion of the online Student Declaration and Permission is Friday, 24 June 2016.


Externally Set Tasks (EST) – Identified EST scripts for independent marking

School leaders, curriculum coordinators and Year 12 teachers

Schools are reminded that the due date for electronically uploading the identified students’ EST scripts is Friday, 17 June 2016.


Final dates for Year 12 students to withdraw from courses

Year 12 teachers and ATAR coordinators

Schools are reminded of the final dates to withdraw Year 12 students from courses.


WACE courses – Refinements to grade descriptions and annotated student samples

School leaders, WACE coordinators and teachers

Refinements to grade descriptions and provision of annotated student samples


Endorsed programs update

Endorsed program coordinators, VET and WPL teachers and coordinators

The updated 2016 list of endorsed programs is available now on the Authority website. Several new Provider-developed programs have been added to the list.


Courses

Report: Review of the use of technology in Mathematics education

Curriculum coordinators, Teachers of ATAR courses for Mathematics Specialist, Mathematics Methods and Mathematics Applications

The Review of the use of technology in Mathematics education is now available on the Authority website.


Psychology ATAR course – Ethically approved investigations – Updated

School leaders, Curriculum coordinators, Teachers of Psychology ATAR and General courses

The ethically approved investigations for the ATAR and General Psychology courses have been updated.


Examinations

Politics and Law ATAR course Year 12 – Design Brief clarification

Curriculum Coordinators, Teachers of ATAR Politics and Law

Further clarification of the Design Brief for Section Three of the examination paper for the Politics and Law ATAR course syllabus is provided for teachers.


Year 12 ATAR Drama, English, Literature and Media Production and Analysis – Question/Answer booklet

School leaders, Year 12 Coordinators and teachers of ATAR Year 12 Drama, English, Literature and Media Production and Analysis

Teachers are reminded that students sitting the Year 12 ATAR external examinations in Drama, English, Literature and Media Production and Analysis must answer all questions in the Question/Answer booklet that is provided on the day of the examination.


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