11to12 Circulars - Edition 1 February 2022

Courses

Updated Years 11 and 12 Assessment Advice for 2022

Contact
Adriana Douglas 
(08) 9273 6784
Adriana .Douglas@scsa.wa.edu.au

Graeme Quelch (08) 9273 6758
Graeme.Quelch@scsa.wa.edu.au.au

John Newman (08) 9273 6757
John.Newman@scsa.wa.edu.au

Mandy Hudson (08) 9273 6755
Mandy.Hudson@scsa.wa.edu.au

For 2022, teachers are required to assess each Assessment Type at least once over the year/pair of units (see Exceptions below). However, when a school permits a student, who is enrolled in a pair of units, to transfer between courses or units or a student moves between schools, the  school must be able to justify the grade assigned to the student for a single unit (refer to the 2022 WACE Manual section 2.7 ‘Assessing students who transfer’).

Exceptions

Year 11 English as an Additional Language or Dialect ATAR
Due to the nature of the assessment structure in this course, adjustments to the assessment schedule should only be made in circumstances where it is not possible to administer the full assessment schedule.

Where it becomes necessary to make adjustments to the assessment schedule:

  • assessment types normally assessed once should be assessed as described in the modified Year 11 English as an Additional Language or Dialect ATAR 2022 Assessment Table
  • assessment types normally assessed twice must be assessed at least once, as described in the modified Year 11 English as an Additional Language or Dialect ATAR 2022 Assessment Table
  • all teachers must adjust their Assessment Outline for this course to reflect the modified Assessment Table. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) will require teachers to revert to using the Authority's standard Assessment Table in 2023.

Course contact: Angelique Smith Angelique.Smith@scsa.wa.edu.au.

Mathematics Essential
In addition to the advice on the minimum number of assessments required in 2022, students in Year 11 and Year 12 must complete one practical application and one statistical investigation to meet their minimum requirement in the practical application section of the Assessment Table.

Course contact: Leith Pavlinovich Leith.Pavlinovich@scsa.wa.edu.au


Years 11 and 12 Design ATAR and General – Modified Assessment Tables for use in 2022

Contact
Claire Hodge 
(08) 9273 6342
Claire.Hodge@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers are advised to follow the revised course specific assessment advice for Years 11 and 12 Design ATAR and General courses for 2022.

The Assessment Tables for the following courses have been modified for use in 2022 and can be found in the syllabus section of the course page.

Teachers should ensure their Assessment Outline for these courses reflect the requirements of the modified Assessment Tables. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority will require teachers to revert to using the standard Assessment Tables in the syllabus in 2023.


Year 11 EAL/D ATAR Assessment Advice for use in 2022

Contact
Angelique Smith
(08) 9273 6776
Angelique.Smith@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers are advised to follow the revised course specific assessment advice for Year 11 English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) ATAR course for use in 2022.

Due to the nature of the assessment structure in this course, adjustments to the assessment schedule should only be made in circumstances where it is not possible to administer the full assessment schedule.

Where it becomes necessary to make adjustments to the assessment schedule:

  • assessment types normally assessed once should be assessed as described in the modified Year 11 English as an Additional Language or Dialect ATAR 2022 Assessment Table
  • assessment types normally assessed twice must be assessed at least once, as described in the modified Year 11 English as an Additional Language or Dialect ATAR 2022 Assessment Table
  • all teachers must adjust their Assessment Outline for this course to reflect the modified Assessment Table. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority will require teachers to revert to using the Authority's standard Assessment Table in 2023.

Years 11 and 12 Visual Arts ATAR and General – Modified Assessment Tables for use in 2022

Contact
Lisa Bowden 
(08) 9273 6349
Lisa.Bowden@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers are advised to follow the revised course specific assessment advice for Years 11 and 12 Visual Arts ATAR and General courses for 2022.

The Assessment Tables for the following courses have been modified for use in 2022 and can be found in the syllabus section of the course page:

Teachers should ensure their Assessment Outline for these courses reflect the requirements of the modified Assessment Tables. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority will require teachers to revert to using the standard Assessment Tables in the syllabus in 2023.


Year 12 Music ATAR Practical (performance) marking key will be modified for use in 2022

Contact
Nick Fielding
(08) 9273 6756
Nick.Fielding@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers are advised that the requirement that repertoire is presented with the intended accompaniment has been removed from the Music ATAR course practical (performance) examination in 2022. Students with the access, means and ability to utilise a live accompanist (or backing track) are encouraged to continue with their current arrangements. This is as per the 2020 advice that was provided after consultation with, and consideration of advice from stakeholders.

The Music ATAR course Practical (performance) examination marking key will be modified for use in 2022, with the removal of the Musical interaction criterion to provide flexibility for teachers and students. The style/expression section of the marking key will continue to be weighted at 50% of the final mark.

Teachers must adjust their practical (performance) marking to reflect the modified practical (performance marking key).

The marking key is due to be published on the Music page of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website (https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/music) on 25 March, 2022.


Year 12 Chinese: First Language ATAR Notification of New Syllabus

Contact
Adriana Douglas
(08) 9273 6784
Adriana.Douglas@scsa.wa.edu.au

Nadia Civa (08) 9273 6355
Nadia.Civa@scsa.wa.edu.au

School Leaders, Heads of Learning Area – Languages, and Teachers of Chinese are informed that the new syllabus for Year 12 Chinese: First Language ATAR is now available on the course page on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website. The syllabus is for implementation from 2023. Supporting materials will be available later in 2022.


Change in order of texts in German: Second Language ATAR written examination, Section One Response: Listening

Contact
Penny Jackson (08) 9273 6725
Penny.Jackson@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers are advised that as of 2022, the longer text will occur first in Section One Response: Listening in the German: Second Language ATAR written examination. The longer text will be divided into parts and will be played once in its entirety and then each of its parts will be played twice. The shorter texts will follow. This does not involve any change to the written examination design brief in the Year 12 German: Second Language ATAR course.


Suspension of the provision of Japanese: First Language Year 12 ATAR Course

Contact
Lisa Djanegara
(08) 9273 6382
Lisa.Djanegara@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are reminded that as of this year the Japanese: First Language ATAR course ceases to be available. The course page for Japanese: First Language ATAR course has been removed from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website.

Teachers are advised that references to the Japanese: First Language ATAR course have been removed from the Japanese: Second Language ATAR and Japanese: Second Language General and Japanese: Background Language ATAR syllabuses.


2022 WACE Language course applications for Years 11 or 12

Contact
Adriana Douglas
(08) 9273 6784
Adriana.Douglas@scsa.wa.edu.au

Year 11 or Year 12 students

Schools are reminded that the submission of a WACE Language course application (for enrolment in a WACE language course in 2022) for new enrolments in Year 11 and Year 12 will be accepted from Monday, 24 January 2022 to Thursday, 24 February 2022.

Applications are to be submitted online via the Student Records Management System (SRMS) student portal https://studentportal.scsa.wa.edu.au/.

If you have any questions, please use the School guide for online applications for WACE language courses or Student guide for online applications for WACE language courses to assist you/your students in completing the applications, or email languagesenrolment@scsa.wa.edu.au.

Non-school candidates

Any Year 12 student undertaking Chinese: First Language, or French, German or Italian Background language examinations where the course is not offered by the school (excluding schools acting as a mentor school for a community language school), or Chinese or Japanese: Background Language, or Indonesian: First Language course examinations through Interstate Language offerings where the course is not offered by the school, must complete an Application to enrol in a WACE Language course before they submit the Non-school Candidate enrolment form 2022 by Thursday, 31 March 2022.

If you have any questions regarding students undertaking a language as a non-school candidate, please email languagesenrolment@scsa.wa.edu.au.


Year 11 Chinese: First Language ATAR Support Materials

Contact
Adriana Douglas
(08) 9273 6784
Adriana.Douglas@scsa.wa.edu.au

Nadia Civa (08) 9273 6355
Nadia.Civa@scsa.wa.edu.au

School Leaders, Heads of Learning Area – Languages, and Teachers of Chinese are informed that the sample assessment outline, sample course outline and sample assessment tasks for the new ATAR Year 11 Chinese: First Language syllabus are now available on the Chinese course page of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website.


Music ATAR Syllabus Review Information Sessions

Contact
Nick Fielding
(08) 9273 6756
Nick.Fielding@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers and stakeholders of the Music ATAR course are invited to register for the Years 11 and 12 Music ATAR syllabus review information sessions.

Consultation is an important part of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority’s curriculum and assessment development and review process.

Teachers and stakeholders are invited to register to attend a Webex meeting to:

  • analyse the feedback received via the 2021 survey on the Music ATAR course
  • identify the main changes between the current and the draft course syllabuses
  • learn about the draft revised syllabuses
  • ask clarifying questions
  • provide feedback through an online survey.

Teachers and stakeholders are requested to access the draft materials prior to attending the information sessions. Following the information sessions, teachers and stakeholders are encouraged to complete the online syllabus review consultation survey. Both the draft syllabus materials, and a link to access the survey can be found under ‘syllabus review’ on the Music page of the Authority website: https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/music.

The information sessions are free to attend, but schools are responsible for any teacher relief required. The dates for these events are:

  • Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm, online via the Webex platform
  • Wednesday, 16 February 2022, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm, online via the Webex platform.

Registrations are now open at https://scsa.wa.edu.au/events/music-atar-syllabus-review-information-sessions-2022.


Economics ATAR Syllabus Review Information Sessions

Contact
Nick Ognenis
(08) 9273 6354
Nick.Ognenis@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers and stakeholders of the Economics ATAR course are invited to register for the Years 11 and 12 Economics ATAR syllabus review information sessions.

Teachers and stakeholders are invited to register to attend a Webex meeting to:

  • identify the main changes between the current and the draft course syllabuses
  • learn about the draft revised syllabuses
  • ask clarifying questions
  • provide feedback through an online survey.

Teachers and stakeholders are requested to access the draft materials prior to attending the information session. Following the information session, teachers and stakeholders are encouraged to complete the online syllabus review consultation survey. Both the draft syllabus materials, and a link to access the survey can be found under ‘syllabus review’ on the Economics page of the Authority website: https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/humanities-and-social-sciences/economics.

The information sessions are free to attend. The dates for these events are:

Registrations are now open.


Changes to Years 11 and 12 Humanities and Social Sciences courses

Contact
Mandy Hudson
(08) 9273 6755
Mandy.Hudson@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are reminded that the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) previously notified schools of syllabus changes for some Humanities and Social Sciences courses.

New syllabuses for Year 11 and 12 Geography ATAR were published on the Authority website in August 2021. Please refer to the August 2021 circular at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/11to12-circulars/edition-8-august-2021. The Year 11 syllabus is endorsed ‘For teaching from 2022’ and the Year 12 syllabus is endorsed ‘For teaching from 2023’.

The new syllabuses, including a summary of the key changes, are available on the Geography course page on the Authority website at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/humanities-and-social-sciences/geography.

For information on minor syllabus changes for Accounting and Finance, Business Management and Enterprise, Economics and Politics and Law please refer to the September 2021 circular at: https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/11to12-circulars/edition-9-september-2021.

Support materials for Accounting and Finance (https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/11to12-circulars/edition-9-september-2021) and Politics and Law (https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/humanities-and-social-sciences/politics-and-law) have been updated and published to reflect the minor changes. There were no changes required to the support materials for Economics and Business Management and Enterprise.


Changes to Years 11 and 12 Science courses

Contact
Ian Wilson
(08) 9273 6788
Ian.Wilson@scsa.wa.edu.au

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority previously notified schools of syllabus changes for Year 12 Earth and Environmental Science ATAR and Physics ATAR courses.

For information on minor syllabus changes for Year 12 Earth and Environmental Science ATAR and Physics ATAR courses please refer to the September 2021 circular at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/11to12-circulars/edition-9-september-2021.


Examinations

2022 Year 12 ATAR course examinations

Contact
Barclay Jones
(08) 9273 6309
Barclay.Jones@scsa.wa.edu.au

The 2022 Year 12 ATAR course written examinations are scheduled from Monday, 31 October to Friday, 18 November 2022.

The 2022 Year 12 ATAR course practical examinations are scheduled from Saturday, 24 September to Sunday, 16 October 2022. See the schedule below.

The 2022 Year 12 ATAR course examination timetables will be available on the Examination Timetables webpage of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website on Wednesday, 8 June 2022. No information regarding the date of specific written examinations is available prior to this date.

From Tuesday, 6 September 2022, students will be able to download their Personalised written examinations timetable and Personalised practical examination timetable from the student portal at https://student.scsa.wa.edu.au/student-portal.

The Personalised written examinations timetable will contain the date, time and examination centre for the student’s written examinations. The Personalised practical examination timetable will contain the date, time, venue and location of the student’s practical examination.

2022 Year 12 ATAR course practical examinations schedule

  1. Saturday, 24 September to Sunday, 2 October (Saturday, Sunday and the public holiday included)
    Aviation, Dance, Drama, Music and Physical Education Studies
  2. Saturday, 24 September to Sunday, 9 October (Saturday, Sunday and the public holiday included)
    English as an Additional Language or Dialect (overseas schools)
  3. Saturday, 8 October to Sunday, 16 October (Saturday and Sunday included)
    Chinese: Second Language, English as an Additional Language or Dialect (Western Australian schools), French: Background Language, French: Second Language, German: Background Language, German: Second Language, Indonesian: Second Language, Italian: Background Language, Italian: Second Language and Japanese: Second Language.

Schools will not be able to specify particular day/s for the practical examinations to be held for any student. Students from a school must be randomly allocated to examination times throughout all the days allotted for a course. This process ensures anonymity for all candidates.

Schools are advised to plan activities, such as school examinations, final-day assembly, graduation, valedictory dinners and leavers’ breakfast on dates other than those listed above.

Schools are requested to communicate the written and practical examination dates to students, teachers and parents. No allowance in the timetable can be made for holidays, work or personal arrangements.

The date ranges for the future Year 12 ATAR course written examinations schedules are below. Note that the proposed end date may alter given the policy states, ‘The written examination period will be for a period of approximately 15 weekdays.’

  • 2023                   Monday 30 October – Friday, 17 November
  • 2024                   Monday 28 October – Friday, 15 November
  • 2025                   Monday 3 November – Friday, 21 November.

Spanish (Continuers) written examination change of examination format

Contact
Barclay Jones
(08) 9273 6309
Barclay.Jones@scsa.wa.edu.au

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) sources the Spanish (Continuers) language examination from the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). The SACE has informed us that this examination will be offered in an electronic examination (e-exams) format in 2022.

Should you have students enrolled in Spanish for 2022 we ask you to alert your students to this change. Once enrolments are finalised for 2022 (Thursday 31, March 2022), the Authority will contact enrolled students to inform them of this change and encourage them to use the practice e-exam(s) provided by SACE.

The Authority will make provisions to allow these students to sit the e-exam provided by SACE from 2022.

Schools and students will be able to find further information about the SACE Spanish (Continuers) e-exams and access practice e-exams via the SACE website https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/web/spanish-continuers.


2022 ATAR course examinations marked online

Contact
Barclay Jones (08)9273 6309
Barclay.Jones@scsa.wa.edu.au

Gloria Richmond (08)9273 6732
Gloria.Richmond@scsa.wa.edu.au

In 2022, online marking of ATAR course examinations will continue for the following courses:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Biology
  • Business Management and Enterprise
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect
  • Geography
  • Human Biology
  • Literature
  • Mathematics Applications
  • Mathematics Methods
  • Mathematics Specialist
  • Modern History
  • Physical Education Studies
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Life.

Online marking will be introduced for the following ATAR course examinations:

  • Politics and Law
  • Visual Arts.

For examination scripts to be scanned for online marking, the format of the paper includes the following features:

  • a barcode at the bottom of the front page
  • a solid 5 mm square in each corner of the front page
  • a unique identifying number printed on every page within the paper.

The margins of each page will be excluded from the area available for writing and will be marked with the wording ‘DO NOT WRITE IN THIS AREA AS IT WILL BE CUT OFF’.

It is highly recommended that you advise your students not to use erasable pens, gel pens or pencil. Pencil is acceptable for diagrams.

The front covers of each examination will be available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website in August.


Application for 2022 ATAR course examination Chief Markers

Contact
Barclay Jones
(08) 9273 6309
Barclay.Jones@scsa.wa.edu.au

Gloria Richmond (08)9273 6732
Gloria.Richmond@scsa.wa.edu.au

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority is seeking applications for the role of Chief Marker for the written and practical components of the 2022 ATAR course examinations. For information regarding the application for 2022 ATAR course examination Chief Markers please refer to:

https://scsa.wa.edu.au/about-us/employment.


Year 12 ATAR course specifications booklet, formula sheets and data booklets for teaching and examining in 2022

Contact
Gabby Raggio (08) 9273 6787
Gabby.Raggio@scsa.wa.edu.au

The following course booklets are available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website at the links indicated under ATAR and Examination Materials. Each booklet is for teaching and examining in 2022.

Accounting and Finance ATAR course

Contact
Fran van Oyen
(08) 9273 6359
Frances.VanOyen@scsa.wa.edu.au

The 2022 Specifications booklet is now available at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/humanities-and-social-sciences/accounting-and-finance.

Chemistry ATAR course

Contact
Allan Knight
(08) 9273 6792
Allan.Knight@scsa.wa.edu.au

The 2022 Course Data booklet is now available at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/science/chemistry.

Mathematics ATAR courses

Contact
Suzie Harman
(08) 9273 6768
Suzie.Harman@scsa.wa.edu.au

The 2022 Year 12 formula sheets are now available.

Mathematics Applications
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/mathematics/mathematics-applications.

Mathematics Methods

https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/mathematics/mathematics-methods.

Mathematics Specialist

https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/mathematics/mathematics-specialist.

Engineering Studies ATAR course

Contact
Kim Outtrim
(08) 9273 6380
Kim.Outtrim@scsa.wa.edu.au

The 2022 Data booklet is now available at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/technologies/engineering-studies.

Physics ATAR course

Contact
Ian Wilson
(08) 9273 6788
Ian.Wilson@scsa.wa.edu.au

The 2022 Data booklet is now available at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/science/physics


Special arrangements for ATAR course examinations 2022

Contact
Carolyn Hackett
9273 6316
Carolyn.Hackett@scsa.wa.edu.au

Glenn Carroll 9273 6327
Glenn.Carroll@scsa.wa.edu.au

The Application for Special Examination Arrangements form for the 2022 ATAR course examinations will arrive in schools in time for the start of Term 1. This form is to be used for candidates with a permanent or temporary disability that is demonstrated to impair their access to examinations under standard conditions.

It is the responsibility of the school to complete the form and submit it to the Authority on behalf of each eligible candidate. The form is not to be sent home for completion. Completed forms should be submitted to the Authority by Thursday, 31 March 2022.

Any student seeking any type of variation to the standard examination conditions must have an application form submitted for them. This includes students with health conditions that may need support during an examination. Special arrangements are available for practical and written examinations.

For information on the application process, please visit https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/examinations/special-provisions

There will be no sickness/misadventure consideration in practical performance examinations for candidates on the basis of an injury or illness existing at the start of
Term 3
.

Applications for alternative format practical examinations will be accepted until Wednesday, 27 July 2022.


2022 Alternative format practical examinations for ATAR course examination candidates with long-term injury or illness

Contact
Carolyn Hackett
9273 6316
Carolyn.Hackett@scsa.wa.edu.au

Glenn Carroll 9273 6327
Glenn.Carroll@scsa.wa.edu.au

Candidates with an injury or illness that is likely to exist at the start of Term 3 should apply to be examined in an alternative format, if the injury or illness will affect their participation in the standard practical examination of any course. There will be no sickness/misadventure consideration in practical examinations for candidates on the basis of an injury or illness existing at the start of Term 3.

For more information on the alternative format practical examinations, please visit https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/examinations/special-provisions

The last date for application is Wednesday, 27 July 2022.


2022 Expressions of interest – Special examination arrangements assessors

Contact

Carolyn Hackett 9273 6316
Carolyn.Hackett@scsa.wa.edu.au

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) is seeking expressions of interest by Friday, 25 February 2022 from suitably qualified and experienced persons to assist with the assessment of special examination arrangement applications for the 2022 ATAR course examinations. Applications to be assessed will relate to candidates within the specific learning disability, psychological/neurological or ADHD categories.

Assessors will work in pairs with a registered psychologist and a person with school management experience. Work will be outside business hours on a contract basis, with payment per application. As highly sensitive information will be accessed during the process, all assessors will be expected to sign a confidentiality declaration. Before commencing work, assessors must already have a current Department of Education Screening Clearance Number (SCN) or apply through the Department of Education to complete a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check to be issued with a SCN. Assessors will also be required to comply with health directives in place at the time, including providing proof of COVID 19 vaccination status.

Assessing applications will provide an excellent opportunity for valuable professional development related to the assessment of candidates with disabilities. The role is also well suited to those recently retired or on leave.

Interested school counsellors or educational psychologists should have experience assessing and diagnosing senior students with learning disabilities using current, relevant diagnostic tools.

Interested school representatives should have experience working in schools with senior students with learning disabilities or psychological/neurological conditions in the ATAR pathway. Ideally, applicants would have whole-of-school management experience.

Training, to be provided before the start of the assessment period, is expected to occur in the last week of Term 1. Training will be conducted outside school hours.

Assessment of most applications will be completed within a tight timeframe from late April to June 2022. Assessors should be available through Term 2, with the possibility of some work continuing into Term 3.

An expression of interest does not guarantee appointment. Applicants will be advised in Term 1 if their services will be required. Assessors from previous years are encouraged to reapply for 2022.

The Expression of interest form is available on the Authority website at
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/examinations/special-provisions.


Moderation

2022 Syllabus Delivery Audit of selected Years 11 and 12 Foundation, General and ATAR courses

Contact
Graeme Quelch
(08) 9273 6758
Graeme.Quelch@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are advised that in 2022 the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) will conduct a syllabus delivery audit (SDA) for selected Years 11 and 12 Foundation, General and ATAR courses (see table below). This moderation activity is designed to ensure that all schools are teaching and assessing the current syllabus in line with the requirements of the WACE Manual 2022, available on the Authority website.

Schools should note the list of courses has been updated from that sent to schools previously. Year 11 Physical Education Studies General has been removed from the list for 2022.

Schools are required to submit a separate course outline and assessment outline for each listed course delivered. Schools are reminded that for Year 12 courses, the course outline and the assessment outline must cover both Unit 3 and Unit 4 (year-long).

The process will require the upload of documents to SIRS2.

The Syllabus Delivery Audit 2022 School Coordinator Handbook and the Syllabus Delivery Audit 2022 Teacher and Head of Learning Area (HoLA) Handbook were sent to all Principals Thursday, 18 November 2021 via the Student Information and Records System (SIRS). The handbooks are now available on the Authority website at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/moderation/syllabus-delivery-audit. Schools are required to complete the task of uploading documents between 9.00 am Monday, 17 January 2022 and 4.00 pm Friday, 18 February 2022. The documents can be either in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Following the Authority’s review of the documents in 2022, a report for each course will be available to schools. Schools will be informed if a document does not meet the requirements of the syllabus and/or the WACE Manual 2022. The report will specify the action/s that the school needs to take to ensure the document meets the requirements of the Authority.

Courses selected for the 2022 SDA – Years 11 and 12 Foundation, General and ATAR courses

Learning Area

Course

Arts

Year 11 Media Production and Analysis ATAR

Year 11 Drama ATAR

English

Year 12 English Foundation

Year 11 English as an Additional Language or Dialect ATAR

Health and Physical Education

Year 11 Health, Physical and Outdoor Education Foundation

Humanities and Social Sciences

Year 11 Geography ATAR

Year 11 Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies General

Year 11 Career and Enterprise General

Year 11 Career and Enterprise Foundation

Languages

Year 11 Chinese: Second Language ATAR

Year 11 German: Second Language ATAR

Year 11 Indonesian: Second Language ATAR

Science

Year 11 Earth and Environmental Science General

Technologies

Year 12 Children, Family and the Community General

Year 11 Food Science and Technology ATAR

Year 11 Aviation General


2022 Assessment Task Review of selected Years 11 and 12 General and ATAR courses

Contact
Graeme Quelch
(08) 9273 6758
Graeme.Quelch@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are advised that in 2022 the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) will conduct a second trial of the Assessment Task Review process (ATR) for selected Year 11 and 12 General and ATAR courses (see table below). This moderation activity is designed to support teachers to develop assessment tasks and marking keys that reflect the appropriate pitch and demand of the course, and meet the syllabus requirements.

Please note that only selected schools will be required to participate in the 2022 ATR moderation process. Further correspondence will be sent directly to these selected schools on Tuesday, 8February 2022.

The schools selected for the ATR are required to submit a separate assessment task and marking key for each of the nominated assessment types for each course they offer (see table below). The process will require the upload of documents to SIRS2.

Following the Authority’s review of the documents in 2022, a report for each course will be made available to schools. The report will outline suggested action/s the teacher may take to improve the quality of the assessment tasks or marking keys submitted.

Courses selected for the 2022 ATR – Years 11 and 12 General and ATAR courses

Learning Area

Course

Nominated Assessment Types

Arts

Year 12 Drama General

Performance/production

Response

Year 11 Music General

Composing and arranging

Investigation and analysis

English

Year 11 Literature General

Short written response

Creative production

Year 12 Literature General

Short written response

Oral

Humanities and Social Sciences

Year 11 Politics and Law ATAR

Short answer

Source analysis

Languages

Year 11 Japanese: Second Language ATAR

Response: Viewing and reading

Written communication

Technologies

Year 11 Applied Information Technology ATAR

Project

Extended answer

Year 11 Materials Design and Technology General

Design

Production


2022 EST for all Year 12 General and Foundation courses

Contact
Gabby Raggio
(08) 9273 6787
Gabby.Raggio@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers are advised that all students enrolled in a Year 12 General course and/or a Year 12 Foundation course are required to complete the Externally Set Task (EST) developed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) for that course. The EST is compulsory and forms part of the school-based assessment.

Information about ESTs and the administration of ESTs can be found in the Externally Set Tasks Handbook 2022 that is available on the Authority website at
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/externally-set-tasks.


SIRS, Enrolments and General Information

2022 Year 11 and Year 12 student enrolments in course units

Contact
Jenny Offer (08) 9273 6313
Jenny.Offer@scsa.wa.edu.au

In 2022, Year 11 and Year 12 students can enrol in ATAR, General, Foundation, Preliminary and VET industry specific courses.

Schools are reminded that Year 11 and Year 12 student enrolments in these courses must be uploaded to the Student Information Records System (SIRS) by Thursday, 24 February 2022.

Enrolments in course units
The instructions to assist schools to enrol their students in courses are detailed in the Data Procedures Manual 2022. The manual is available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) website at the following address: https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/data-procedures-manual.

The specific sub-sections for information relating to extracting data of students enrolled in courses, uploading the enrolments into SIRS and verifying these enrolments in SIRS are listed below.

Section

Details relating to enrolments

12.4

RTP (Reporting to Parents) instructions for extracting data of students enrolled in courses

12.2

Civica (MAZE) instructions for extracting data of students enrolled in courses

12.6

Synergetic instructions for extracting data of students enrolled in courses

12.3

AoS (Administration of Schools) instructions for extracting data of students enrolled in courses

5.6

Excel instructions for creating a CSV file for student enrolments in courses

5.8

SIRS instructions for uploading student enrolments

10

SIRS reports available to schools.

Details relating to enrolments in course units
Further information relating to the study of courses can be found in Section 5: Enrolments of the Data Procedures Manual 2022.


2022 Non-school candidate enrolments

Contact
Jenny Offer (08) 9273 6313
Jenny.Offer@scsa.wa.edu.au

In 2022, an individual may enrol to sit an ATAR course examination as a non-school candidate (formerly private candidate) in the event that the individual is:

  • seeking entry to university as a mature-age applicant, or
  • a student who has previously completed Year 12, or
  • a Year 12 student undertaking language course examinations through Interstate Language offerings where the course is not offered by the school, or
  • a Year 12 student undertaking Chinese: First Language, or French, German or Italian Background language examinations where the course is not offered by the school (excluding schools acting as a mentor school for a community language school).

To enrol as a non-school candidate in an Interstate Languages course examination or in Chinese: First Language, or French, German or Italian Background language course examination, the candidate must be enrolled to sit at least three other ATAR course examinations as a school candidate in 2022.

An individual may not enrol in:

  • an external examination for an Interstate Language at the same time as being enrolled in that course with the State that hosts the language, and
  • more than one Interstate Language examination.

An individual enrolled in an ATAR course examination as a non-school candidate is unable to use the mark from that examination to contribute towards the achievement of an exhibition or award. As a non-school candidate, that examination does not contribute towards meeting the requirements for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

Enrolments as non-school candidates in ATAR course examinations are due by Thursday, 31 March 2022. No further applications will be accepted after this date.


Finalising Year 11 students U grades from 2021

Contact
Kerry Tarrant
(08) 9273 6770
Kerry.Tarrant@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are reminded that 2021 students allocated a ‘U’ for Year 11 courses need to have these results finalised in the Student Information Records System (SIRS) by Thursday, 17 February 2022 or the student’s U will default to an E grade.

Schools can amend their 2021 Year 11 results and re-upload the amended RSCOS file.

After Thursday, 17 February 2022 the SIRS facility will be locked and no further changes can be made.

Year 11 students who have been withdrawn from a course at your school needs to be formerly withdrawn in SIRS.

Where a Year 11 student is awarded a ‘U’ grade to give more time to complete the course, but they then leave the school or do not participate in the course any longer then they must be withdrawn.

If they are not withdrawn by Thursday, 17 February 2022, your school may be charged a late fee.


2021 Student Achievements – Other than Year 12

Contact
Kerry Tarrant (08) 9273 6770 
Kerry.Tarrant@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are reminded they have until Thursday, 17 February 2022 to verify and confirm the achievement data submitted to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority for students in other than Year 12.

The achievements required include:

  • Course units (ATAR, General, Foundation, Preliminary and VET Industry Specific courses) for semester 1, 2 or full year
  • VET qualifications
  • VET units of competency
  • Endorsed programs.

The declaration forms for course units, VET and endorsed programs are to be completed and signed by the principal. The declaration forms were emailed to schools on 18 January 2022, as per the 2022 Activities Schedule.

Some schools had not finalised the transfer of their data by the end of the 2021 school year. If your school has not uploaded the appropriate data files to the Student Information Records System (SIRS), please do so as a matter of urgency.

Note: Students who were allocated a ‘U’ for Year 11 courses need to also have these results amended and re-uploaded into SIRS by Thursday, 17 February 2022 or the student’s U will default to an E with a zero mark.

A mark and a grade are required for all Year 11 students:

  • a student’s school based achievement for a Year 11 course may be recorded for each pair of units (i.e. one mark and one grade), OR
  • for each unit completed (i.e. two marks and two grades).

Additionally, the VET Unique Student Identifier is a requirement for VET achievement intended for contribution towards the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) requirements.

The results for students who have left your school need to be finalised if they had enrolments. If the students should have been withdrawn from a course unit, this withdrawal will need to be uploaded through the ENCOS file to SIRS. If students have been withdrawn from VET units of competency and endorsed programs, this will need to be uploaded using the correct code through the RSVET and RSEND files respectively.


Request to change academic year Pre-primary to Year 10

Contact
Kerry Tarrant (08) 9273 6770

Kerry.Tarrant@scsa.wa.edu.au

dataservices@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are reminded of the online form Request to change academic year Pre-Primary to Year 10.

At times, schools may identify a student to be at another academic year and may request a change. To request a change the new online form must be completed.

The form Request to change academic year P-10 and detailed information can be found on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/forms/forms under Registrations.

Please refer to the Pre-primary to Year 10: Teaching, Assessing and Reporting Policy and Policy Standards (https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/policy/policy-standards), which sets out the mandatory requirements for teaching the Western Australian curriculum and for assessing and reporting on student achievement, before submitting an application.

P–10 students transferring between schools in Western Australia
Schools are reminded that students in Western Australia transferring between schools part way through the calendar year must remain enrolled in their current academic year.

Upon registration, schools should check SIRS for the student’s previous school details and ensure students are enrolled to continue in the same academic year as they were in at their previous school. This ensures students continue with their current year-level studies within the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline.

Any queries please email Kerry Tarrant or dataservices@scsa.wa.edu.au.


Recognition of student achievement in ATAR course Units 1 and 2 for Year 10 students in 2024 (Year 8, 2022)

Contact
Kerry Tarrant (08) 9273 6770
Kerry.Tarrant@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are required to identify potential students in Year 8 (2022) and to submit the amended application form demonstrating how the Western Australian Curriculum in Year 9 and Year 10 will be compacted and how student achievement will be reported.

Schools should apply only if the studies are part of a longer term program for students who are:

  • gifted and talented or
  • accelerated language students.

To apply for recognition and recording of student achievement in ATAR Units 1 and 2 for Year 10 students in 2024, the school needs to complete the Application for recording of enrolment and achievement in ATAR Units 1 and 2 for students in Year 10 in 2024 (Year 8, 2022) form, available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) website at https://scsa.wa.edu.au/forms/forms under Enrolments.

For further information please refer to Section 7 in the WACE Manual 2022. This publication is available on the Authority website via the following link: https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/wace-manual.

The completed application form is to be returned to the Senior Consultant – Certification, certification@scsa.wa.edu.au at the Authority, no later than Thursday, 17 November 2022.