Year 12 students, particularly in NSW and Victoria, have been disconnected from friends and faced anxiety over the uncertainty of exams. This added to the already high stress levels of this age group.
Our educational model, and particularly end-of-school assessments, are based on old modes of practice that no longer serve the 21st century student and their future. We have other options.
Year 12 students in NSW affected by lockdowns will be able to apply for special consideration for exams and special projects. Here’s what Victorian teachers said about a similar policy last year.
A new study and its methods provides a way to replace the current Year 12 structure with one that will help prepare senior school students for their journey into the future – whatever that may be.
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?
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.
The amount of sleep you get before an exam can make a difference to your results.
There’s no substitute for study, but if you want to help yourself do better in exams, you should get enough sleep, exercise and try to enjoy the process.
We need female role models in the NSW physics syllabus to normalise women in physics and encourage their engagement and further study.
The new physics syllabus for year 11 and 12 students in NSW contains no mention of specific women who have contributed to the field, nor their work.
Both formative and summative assessments are important parts of a well-rounded assessment program.
There are benefits and drawbacks to both formative and summative assessment. Both are important parts of a rigorous assessment program.
Gaining entry into selective schools is highly competitive.
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The parents of high achieving students often think of selective entry schools as the ideal option for their child. But do these schools churn out well-rounded young adults, or students trained for exams and little else?
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…
Getting a low ATAR, or not getting the ATAR you need for the university course you want, can seem like the end of the world. But it’s not.
The release of this year’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will result in mixed feelings among school-leavers. There are those who will be elated at having achieved a score that places them in…
The most prestigious schools get top marks because they have had the invisible slave of disadvantaged schools working for them.
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Across Australia Year 12 students are collectively holding their breaths to see what results they’ve achieved and, consequently, what their futures hold. Only hours after their release, many secondary…