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 Information, SIRS and Enrolments

Last date to process changes in enrolments for Year 12 students and Year 11 students enrolled in Year 12 ATAR courses

Year 12 teachers, WACE coordinators


Application to study Year 12 ATAR Units 3 and 4 and sit the 2017 ATAR course examinations for students in Year 10

School leaders, teachers

Schools are reminded that permission must be obtained from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority for a student who is in Year 10 to study a pair of Year 12 ATAR units (Units 3 and 4) and sit the 2017 ATAR course examinations. Schools are no longer required to seek permission for students in
Year 11.



Application for writers and checkers of the 2018 ESTs

Teachers, heads of learning areas

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority is seeking applications from qualified people who wish to be considered for appointment as writers and checkers of the 2018 Externally set task (EST).


Certificate II in Applied Languages - Recognition arrangements from 2018 for Year 10 and 11 students

The allocation of credit towards the WACE for VET accredited courses is based on the classification of course outcomes. The classification scheme determines whether the accredited course outcomes have an industry, foundation skills, or vocational focus. The allocation of credit towards the WACE for VET accredited courses is applied according to a sliding scale.


Request to keep Student Registration information up-to-date

School leaders, SIRS users

All schools should regularly upload their SRGDG file to SIRS.


Courses

Changes to Course Principal Consultants

Heads of Learning Area for Arts and Science

Heads of Learning Area for the Arts and Science are advised that Principal Consultant contact details for Music, Media Production and Analysis, Integrated Science and Human Biology have changed.


Design Glossary

Teachers of Design ATAR and Design General Year 11 and 12

Teachers of Design ATAR and Design General Year 11 and 12 courses are advised that a Design Glossary of terms for all ATAR and General course syllabuses is now available on the Design course page.


Clarification of disclosure requirements for notes accompanying financial statements

School leaders, teachers of Accounting and Finance ATAR Year 12

Teachers attending the Accounting and Finance Examination Forum requested clarification regarding the disclosure requirements in the notes for revalued assets and dividends.


2017 Dance Practical (performance) examination– Performance 1 update

Heads of Learning Area – the Arts, Teachers of Dance ATAR Year 12 course

Teachers are advised that the options provided to a candidate for playing their music recording for Performance 1 of the Dance Practical (performance) examination in 2017 have been extended.


Moderation

Consensus moderation process 2017 - Year 11 and Year 12

School leaders, heads of learning areas, Year 11 and 12 teachers


Reminder about 2017 Consensus Moderation meetings

Principals, Deputy Principals, Heads of Learning Area, Teachers

Schools are reminded that they should have received a letter in the week beginning 20 March outlining details of the registration process for consensus moderation in 2107


Applications for reviewing the 2017 Externally Set Tasks (EST)

Senior secondary teachers

The Authority is seeking qualified people interested in reviewing 2017 Externally Set Tasks.


Examinations

Examinations marked online

School leaders, teachers

Online marking of 2017 ATAR course examinations.


Media Production and Analysis: Practical examination Data Collection Form and Collaborative Form for 2017

School leaders, heads of the arts, media production and analysis teachers

Teachers are advised that there is a change in the requirements for the completion of a Data Collection Form. The form is only required if the media type is not audio-visual. The Collaborative Form is only required if the students are making a collaborative submission.


Media Production and Analysis ATAR course teachers’ practical (production) marking workshop

Year 12 Coordinators, Teachers of Media Production and Analysis ATAR course

There is a practical (production) marking workshop opportunity for Media Production and Analysis ATAR course teachers


Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Endorsed Programs update

School leaders, endorsed program coordinators

The list of endorsed programs available to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2017 is available now on the Authority website.


2017 Vocational Education and Training (VET) Qualification estimates (ESQUAL) – important information

VET coordinators

The VET Qualification estimates (ESQUAL) is a mandatory WACE reporting activity required by the Authority to be completed by 24 April 2017.


WACE rules relating to 220 nominal hours – Clarification

School leaders, Vocational Education and Training leaders

There are two WACE requirements relating to students completing 220 nominal hours of Vocational Education and Training (VET).  One relates to the recognition of Certificate II qualifications and the other relates to the partial completion of a Certificate III or higher.


Certificate I and II completion, nominal hours and unit equivalence – important information

School leaders, VET coordinators

A reminder to schools of the nominal hour requirement for completed Certificate I and II qualifications for the allocation of unit equivalence in the WACE.


The importance of the Results: VET qualification (RSQUAL) file for WACE certification

Principals, school leaders

Schools are reminded of the importance of ensuring the VET Qualification Results (RSQUAL) file is uploaded to the SIRS database at the end of each calendar year.


2017 VET Qualification estimates (ESQUAL) – important information

VET coordinators

The VET Qualification estimates (ESQUAL) is a mandatory WACE reporting activity required by the Authority by 24 April 2017.


VET industry specific WACE course integrity check Term 3 2017

School leaders, VET coordinators

A reminder to schools who have students enrolled in a VET industry specific course in 2017 that there may be a request to provide details about student workplaces to ensure the requirements of the relevant VET industry specific course are being met.


VET industry specific course mandatory co-requisite – linking Authority-developed Workplace Learning Endorsed Program (ADWPL)

School leaders, VET Coordinators

A reminder to schools that for students enrolled in a VET industry specific course, the Authority-developed Workplace Learning Endorsed Program (ADWPL) must be linked to the relevant qualification code when reporting enrolments and achievements in ADWPL.


Reminder about enrolments in the Automotive VET industry specific course in 2017

School leaders, VET Coordinators

A reminder about enrolment codes in the Automotive VET industry specific course in 2017.


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