11to12 Circulars - Edition 5, June 2022

Courses

New Year 12 EAL/D ATAR syllabus information and support documents

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

School Leaders, English Heads of Learning Area and Teachers of the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) ATAR course are advised that information and support documents for new EAL/D ATAR Year 12 syllabus are now available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website.

The documents include sample course documents, sample examination materials and COAT information. The sample materials are located on the EAL/D course page: https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/english/english-as-an-additional-language-or-dialect.


WACE Language course applications – Year 11 or 12 2023

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

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

Schools are advised that the School Curriculum and Standards Authority’s (the Authority) online Application for permission to enrol in a WACE language course in 2023 is available from Monday, 13 June 2022 via the Student Records Management System (SRMS) student portal (https://studentportal.scsa.wa.edu.au/).

The purpose of the languages enrolment process is to ensure that students with a linguistic advantage in a language are not assessed against students who do not have the same advantage.

When the online applications have been submitted in the student portal, schools complete the three school stages in the SRMS portal (https://srms.scsa.wa.edu.au/). When the three school stages have been completed, the Authority reviews the applications and determines students’ WACE language course enrolment status in the SRMS portal. Students can see their WACE language course enrolment status in the student portal and school users can monitor the progress of applications in the SRMS portal.

It is recommended that all Year 10 students, and Year 9 accelerated students currently studying a language, complete a language application for study in one or more of the following Languages courses:

Chinese

Hindi*

Japanese

French

Indonesian

Korean*

German

Italian

Tamil*

*new WACE language course available to schools from 2023

Schools are advised that the 2022 dates for submission of an Application for permission to enrol in a WACE language course in 2023 are:

  • 27 July 2022 or earlier if students start the 2023 school year in Term 4, 2022
  • 26 August 2022 or earlier if students start the 2023 school year in Term 1, 2023.

It is advised that schools use the School guide for online applications for WACE language courses or inform students to access the Student guide for online applications for WACE language courses to assist when completing the applications, or email languagesenrolment@scsa.wa.edu.au.


New syllabuses for Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR Design

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

Teachers are advised that the new syllabuses for Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR Design are now available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website. The new Design ATAR syllabuses have been endorsed for teaching from 2023 for Year 11 and 2024 for Year 12.

The finalised syllabus documents are available now on the Design page of the Authority website: https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/design.

The development of the new syllabus documents was supported by an extensive consultation process that culminated in the syllabus acceptance and implementation timeline survey that was completed by all schools currently teaching the ATAR course.

The development of support documents is progressing and these resources will be published progressively through the second half of this year.

New syllabus professional development workshops for teachers will be scheduled in early Term 4. Registration information for these events will be advertised in a future edition the 11to12 Circular.

We thank teachers for their participation in and support of the syllabus review process.


New syllabuses for Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR Music

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

Teachers are advised that the new syllabuses for Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR Music are now available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website. The new ATAR Music syllabuses have been endorsed for teaching from 2023 for Year 11 and 2024 for Year 12.

The finalised syllabus documents, along with a summary of changes document, are available now on the Music page of the Authority website: https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/music.

The development of the new syllabus documents was supported by an extensive consultation process that culminated in the syllabus acceptance and implementation timeline survey that was completed by all schools currently teaching the ATAR Music course.

The development of support documents is progressing and these resources will be published progressively through the second half of this year.

New syllabus professional development workshops for teachers will be scheduled during the second half of this year. Registration information for these events will be advertised in a future edition of the 11to12 Circular.

We thank teachers for their participation in and support of the syllabus review process.


Examinations

2023 ATAR course examination dates

Contact
Barclay Jones (08) 9273 6377
Barclay.Jones@scsa.wa.edu.au

The 2023 ATAR course written examinations are scheduled from Monday, 30 October to Friday, 17 November 2023.

The 2023 ATAR course practical examinations are scheduled from Saturday, 23 September to Sunday, 22 October 2023. The 2023 ATAR course practical examinations are scheduled as follows:

  1. Saturday, 23 September to Sunday, 1 October (Saturday, Sunday and the public holiday included):  Aviation, Dance, Drama, Music and Physical Education Studies
  2. Saturday, 14 October to Sunday, 22 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 of 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.’

2024       Monday, 28 October – Friday, 15 November

2025       Monday, 3 November – Friday, 21 November

2026       Monday, 2 November – Friday, 20 November.


2022 ATAR course examination timetables available online

Contact
Barclay Jones
(08) 9273 6377
Barclay.Jones@scsa.wa.edu.au

The 2022 Year 12 ATAR course written and practical examination timetables can be accessed via the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website:
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/examinations/examination-timetables.

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

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: https://studentportal.scsa.wa.edu.au.

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.


Equitable Access to Assessment Policy and Guidelines

Contact
Carolyn Hackett
(08) 9273 6316
Carolyn.Hackett@scsa.wa.edu.au

Following a review of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority’s (the Authority) Special Examination Arrangements a new Policy and Guidelines have been developed.  Entitled Equitable Access to Assessment it is designed to provide schools (and parents) a clearer understanding about disability adjustments for school assessments, National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA), Externally Set Tasks (ESTs) and Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) examinations.

Schools should be aware that the manner and extent to which a student’s disability impairs access under standard assessment conditions will determine the appropriate level of adjustments.

Adjustments may not be needed in all assessments, and different adjustments may be needed in different assessments and in different subjects/courses. Adjustments needed may change over time. Adjustments should be trialled commencing at the lowest level, only moving to a higher level if justified. The focus continues to be on providing reasonable access, without conferring advantage.

Early engagement with the Authority is encouraged to ensure consistency of support for students with a disability. An online process is currently being developed.

The Policy and Guidelines can be accessed at
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/examinations/special-provisions.


Visual Arts ATAR course practical (production) examination submission delivery

Contact
Mark Leigh
(08) 9273 6795
Mark.Leigh@scsa.wa.edu.au

Candidates’ submissions for this year’s Visual Arts ATAR course practical (production) examination must be delivered on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 to City Beach Senior High School Gymnasium at 22 Kalinda Drive, City Beach. A map showing where to deliver the submissions will be sent in the course examination submission information package due in schools Tuesday, 13 September 2022. Registration for the delivery and collection of candidates’ submissions will be available soon on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website. Metropolitan schools must register for both delivery and collection of their candidates’ submissions.


SIRS, Enrolments and General Information

Final dates for Year 12 students to withdraw from courses, 2022

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

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

  • Thursday, 21 July 2022 – final date for withdrawing students from ATAR courses with practical examination components. No changes will be made to student enrolments in these courses after this date.
  • Monday, 8 August 2022 – final date for withdrawing students from ATAR courses which do not have practical examination components. No changes will be made to student enrolments in these courses after this date.
  • Monday, 8 August 2022 – final date for withdrawing students from General, Foundation, Preliminary and Vocational Education and Training (VET) industry specific courses. No changes will be made to student enrolments in these courses after this date.

As withdrawing from a course is a significant decision, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) strongly encourages students and their schools to use the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) checker to test the possible impact of their decision. The WACE checker is available on the Authority website at https://wacechecker2021.scsa.wa.edu.au/.

Schools are reminded that students who are enrolled in a Year 12 ATAR course must sit the external examination in that course. For ATAR courses with practical components, students must sit both the written and practical examinations. Students who do not sit an ATAR course examination and do not have an approved sickness/misadventure application for that course, will not have the grades for the pair of units completed in that year contribute to the calculation of the WACE.

As a consequence, a student may not meet the requirements to receive a WACE.