26 September 2023

Students on track for 2020 ATAR

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Year 12 students in Canberra are still to be able to receive the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) despite the disruption caused by COVID-19, according to the Minister for Education, Yvette Berry.

Ms Berry said the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate was based on results from school-based assessment in both Years 11 and 12, unlike systems in other States and Territories which only relied on Year 12 outcomes.

“The system in the ACT allows for flexibility in assessment types and scheduling to be adjusted by schools and still meet the requirements of the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies,” Ms Berry said.

“The ACT does not need to consider approaches being considered by other jurisdictions.”

She said all ACT senior secondary students could be confident they would still have the opportunity to receive the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and ATAR in 2020.

“Assessment schedules and types are being modified to reflect the circumstances created by our response to COVID-19,” Ms Berry said.

“Public colleges are working hard to ensure no student is disadvantaged.”

She said the Territory’s public high schools were well-placed to continue to deliver courses online and support the wellbeing of students during the pandemic response.

“Our educators remain determined to ensure that students receive the best education possible and have the chance of a good life,” Ms Berry said.

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