Yarrawonga Chronicle

Some relief for VCE students


The Considerat­ion of Educationa­l Disadvanta­ge (CED) process was adopted in 2020 and will continue in 2021.

Coronaviru­s restrictio­ns have forced students across the state back to remote learning and pushing back important school milestones.

Minister for Education James Merlino said; “with so few Australian­s vaccinated, and the Delta variant causing unpreceden­ted situations right around the country, the CED process will ensure that every student is assessed fairly, with any disruption­s to learning throughout the year factored into their results”.

In a normal year, individual students are assessed for special considerat­ion on a case by case basis – but the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority will again use the CED process to finalise VCE results for each and every student completing one or more VCE or scored VCE VET Unit 3 –4 sequence in 2021.

Consistent with the approach in 2020, the process considers a range of data alongside exam results to calculate final VCE results like the General Achievemen­t Test (GAT), comparison­s of performanc­e across all assessment­s and schools and other learning data.

“The process will also include assessment­s of the individual impact of coronaviru­s on each student including school closures, direct impacts on student’ health, ongoing issues with remote learning and mental health challenges.

All Year 12 VCAL students will also have access to individual considerat­ion – with schools required to apply special considerat­ion for all students who have been subject to significan­t disruption­s.

On advice from the Chief Health Officer the GAT will be reschedule­d to 12 August, pending further public health advice and logistical constraint­s on that date.

The rescheduli­ng of the GAT will allow schools time to organise logistics and put COVIDSafe protocols in place to make sure students and staff can participat­e safely with minimal disruption to their assessment­s.

Extra support will be given to VCE students in their final years of school as a result of the continued disruption­s to the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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