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The TQA provides for special assessment arrangements to be made for students who, because of particular circumstances, are unable to be assessed in the same way as other students.
In some cases it may be difficult or impossible for a student to satisfy particular criteria for a course. In all such cases TQA should be consulted about the action to be taken for both internal and external assessment. Students are expected to demonstrate the same standard of achievement as is expected of all students. To do so, however, they will require assessment procedures that allow them to provide evidence of their achievement in different ways or under different conditions from other students.
Special Disability provision is...
* Not compensation for learning that has not occurred
* Not an exemption from meeting the requirements for Satisfactory Achievement
* Not a compromise of the expectations of the learning program
* Not automatic because of other funding eligibility
* Not always the same for the same diagnosis or disability
* Enable students to access examination questions and communicate their responses within a timed examination
* Fairness to all students within each class, school and the state
* Preserve the academic integrity of the assessment process
Fairness to All
* Each application is considered individually
* Approval by TQA is based on available evidence
* Professional recommendations vary greatly
Reasons for Applications
* Significant Health Impairment
* Significant Physical Disability
* Learning Disability
* Hearing Impairment (Disability)
* Vision Impairment (Disability)
Please Note: The TQA does not provide special disability provisions for students on the basis of lack of familiarity with the English language. Nor do we provide special disability provisions or consideration to students for normal exam stress, unless a request was supported by medical evidence about a chronic condition that is undergoing ongoing treatment.
What is available?
* Extra time (note if extra time is granted it will also be before the official starting time - ie 8.30 am rather than 9.00 am)
* Permission to leave room (under supervision)
* Medication (food and drink)
* Smaller examination room with fewer candidates
* Permission to stand, stretch or move around room
* Alternative format papers (for vision and aural impaired candidates only)
* Advice to markers about spelling, grammar or poor handwriting
* Borderline consideration (does not apply if candidates do not sit their external assessment(s))
Applying for Special External Examination Disability Provisions
Special Examination Disability Provision Application forms are available (below) and also from the TQA Co-ordinator in your school/college.
Please Note: That applications for special disability provisions need to be made each year of assessment, requests CAN NOT be rolled over from year 11 to year 12.
The TQA Co-ordinator, School Counsellor or other nominated teacher may assist you (the student) in completing the application form. In doing so, he or she should take the following steps:
2. Indicate how the special examination needs affect your performance in examination situations.
3. Ensure that you have signed the declaration on the front page of the application form.
The completed application MUST be returned to the TQA by no later than the end of TERM 2.
Only emergency cases, such as a physical injury that occurs after the end of Term 2 and before the end of Term 3, that will impair a student undertaking their examinations will be considered for that year's examinations. These emergency applications MUST be with the TQA by no later than the end of TERM 3.
NO special disability provisions will be granted from the end of Term 3. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE regardless of the circumstances. Applications received after this time will be treated under the rules for illness - refer to: illness and absence
If all the necessary information is not provided, the Authority will need to contact the student to request this information. This will delay the process of considering the application and of advising the outcome.
Please Note: All relevant documentation/medical assessments/testing CAN NOT be more than 3 calendar years old - including the year to be externally assessed (ie not undertaken before Year 10 for the student).
We recommend that reports/testing for students be undertaken during year 10 which means the reports will be current for both year 11 and 12.
Applications for students who need a re-written examination paper (ie braille or deaf papers) MUST be with the TQA by no later than the end of Term 1.
Significant Health Impairment or Physical Disability
* Evidence from independent medical professional who has treated the student
* School based professional evidence should be supported by an external independent professional
* Diagnosis, history and statements about impact on student?s day-to-day functioning and capacity to complete an examination
* Testing to be administered by a registered psychologist
* Types of tests accepted: one of
- WISC III IV
- WAIS III or IV
- Stanford Binet IV or V
Hearing Impairment (Disability)
* Report from qualified practitioner indicating a bilateral sensory-neural hearing loss that is moderate/severe/profound
* Support statement and recommendations from specialist teacher e.g. Visiting Teacher Service, hearing impaired facility/school
Vision Impairment (Disability)
* Current professional vision assessment report indicating moderate/severe vision impairment
* Support statement and recommendations from specialist teacher e.g. Visiting Teacher Service
* Details of school arrangements
* Detailed alternative format paper requests: Braille, enlarged print, diagrams, colored paper, recorded examination, diagram descriptions
Emergency Special Arrangement Applications
Only Emergency Special Arrangement applications can be submitted after this time and MUST include the following evidence:
* A medical certificate containing:
* Date of onset
* Outline of symptoms and treatment
* Likely effect of the illness on the students capacity to complete the examination(s)
* Medical recommendations for particular Special Examination Arrangements
How does the process work?
The application is assessed by a TQA officer and if required further information sought/clarified.
When a final decision has been made, written notification of the approved and/or declined provisions is sent to the student with a copy also sent to the school/college.
Reviewing a decision
Should a student wish to request a review of a decision, they should refer to the following link on the TQA website:
Complaints Guidelines for Senior Secondary Assessments and Certification
All other enquiries regarding special examination provisions should be directed to the TQA Co-ordinator or Counsellor at your school.
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