Even before COVID-19, use of the ATAR for university entry was contentious. Now it's even more so, and universities need to rely on other ways to admit students.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian addressing a press conference.
Students in year 12, as well as those who need foundational skills right before starting school, are among those the NSW government should prioritise during the staggered return to school.
Teachers have the data from past exams and assessments and can reliably predict how their student would do.
Research shows teachers in US private and privileged public schools inflate grades due to pressure from students and parents. This could happen in Australia if we cancel year 12 exams.
How will the move to online study, and the disruption of routine, affect year 12 students' abilities to perform and, consequently, their grades? And what does this mean for university entry?
The way you pursue your goals can be the difference between maintaining happiness or feeling stressed. Try not to overthink it and break big goals up into smaller, more manageable ones.
More students from poorer families study vocational education and training subjects than students from advantaged backgrounds.
Some subjects are more likely to get you into university. But more advantaged students access these subjects. This means we have an unequal system.
More than half of students who took music in year 10 in NSW had dropped out by year 12.
NSW schools are losing senior music students in significant numbers. Teachers say they're dropping the subject in year 12 to ensure a higher ATAR.
Think of the ranking system like a queue. The closer you are to the front of the queue, the more likely you are to get a university spot.
The ATAR is mainly used as an efficient way for universities to decide which students can be offered a place in a certain course.
Reports suggests many Australian children are forgoing Year 12 exams because they are too stressful.
In our efforts to support young people, we might be teaching them to be afraid rather than encouraging them to see exams as a positive challenge.
It’s not fact that private schools get better results than public schools.
New analysis shows public schools have similar, or even better, results than private schools with similar rankings of socioeconomic status.
Setting achievable goals can help you manage anxiety and work towards the end-of-year results you want.
Research tells us goal setting is important, but not all goals are created equal. Here are five things to consider when setting goals for your final year in school.
Helping students improve attendance rates will help them finish school.
This study confirms that a student’s background matters, and that targeting students early is vital.
Waiting for the bleep … how did your results go?
Don't panic if you didn't get the school results you wanted – here's what to do.
How much emphasis should we place on ATAR scores?
The ATAR is being used less and less as the sole measure that universities use to select students. It's time to question its value and the pressure it puts on students in year 12.
Time to take a break from studying?
A fortnight of exams in year 12 can be a stressful time for students. Here's some tips for parents on how to take control of exam stress.
Knowing what the state curriculum authority expects of you is important.
This week thousands of students across Australia begin their final year of schooling. The certificate they receive will vary from state to state, and their post-secondary plans may be university, an apprenticeship…