Why The ATAR Is In Need Of An Overhaul

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For Year 12 students, the last two years have been like no other. Pandemic shutdowns led to online delivery and other disruptions, placing additional pressures on what seems to be the most important year of many students’ lives. In August, for example, the annual general achievement test (GAT) for Victorian Year 12 students was rescheduled for a second time due to the state's sixth lockdown. Mission Australia found that students have been concerned about how their final assessments will take into consideration the challenges of lockdown learning. Some found the stress too much, completing their VCE without sitting final exams. Consequently, they are not given an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). But how important is the ATAR? 

Period15 Dec 2021

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  • TitleWhy The ATAR Is In Need Of An Overhaul
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletHerald Sun
    Media typePrint
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Date15/12/21
    DescriptionFor Year 12 students, the last two years have been like no other. Pandemic shutdowns led to online delivery and other disruptions, placing additional pressures on what seems to be the most important year of many students’ lives. In August, for example, the annual general achievement test (GAT) for Victorian Year 12 students was rescheduled for a second time due to the state's sixth lockdown. Mission Australia found that students have been concerned about how their final assessments will take into consideration the challenges of lockdown learning. Some found the stress too much, completing their VCE without sitting final exams. Consequently, they are not given an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). But how important is the ATAR?
    Producer/AuthorLucas Walsh
    PersonsLucas Walsh

Keywords

  • ATAR
  • Year 12
  • Assessment
  • OECD
  • Craeers education
  • COVID-19
  • CYPEP