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Subject: MORE SUBJECTS TO BE INCLUDED IN TERTIARY ENTRANCE SCORES

From: reg.allen@tqa.tas.gov.au

Date: November 19, 2004



Colleagues

Attached is a recent media release about some expected developments in tertiary entrance in Tasmania.

You'll see this reflects the Authority's decision at its October meeting to commit to including HAP (UTas' High Achiever Program) and VET results in the tables and schedules that support tertiary entrance. You can find more detail about the decision and the supporting progress report from our Technical Advisory Group at http://www.tqa.tas.gov.au/1509
(in the section where Authority decisions and supporting papers are held - go to www.tqa.tas.gov.au then Home>About the TQA > Authority Meetings > Authority Meeting Summary 6 October 2004 > Item 2.2)

Comments and questions are welcome. There's lots more to do, including a lot of consultation, but I feel we have made excellent progress.

Regards

Reg Allen
CEO
Tasmanian Qualifications Authority




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Tasmanian Qualifications Authority

Friday, 19 November 2004


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MORE SUBJECTS TO BE INCLUDED IN TERTIARY ENTRANCE SCORES
More study areas will be included in the calculation of Year 11 and 12 students' tertiary entrance scores in 2005 and 2006, the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority announced today.


Tasmanian Qualifications Authority Chair Tim Doe said that next year the results of the University of Tasmania's High Achiever Program will be included in tertiary entrance scores.


The Authority is working towards the inclusion of relevant Vocational Education & Training programs in 2006.


"This is an important development. Students are completing senior secondary studies in increasingly diverse and flexible ways and the calculation of tertiary entrance scores should recognise this," Mr Doe said.


"Students will be able to enrol in the University of Tasmania's High Achiever Program in 2005 and obtain results that can count for tertiary entrance. We are working towards the inclusion of relevant VET results the following year."


The University of Tasmania's High Achievers Program provides high achieving senior secondary students with the opportunity to take first-year university study while enrolled in the Tasmanian Certificate of Education.


Units successfully completed through the High Achiever Program may be credited towards the relevant degree when a student enrols at the University of Tasmania.


"Year 11 and Year 12 students who have taken the High Achiever Program up to now have not been able to count their results towards tertiary entrance."


"This will change in 2005, Mr Doe said.


"In the future, we will provide a wider range of data about senior secondary results to prospective employers, further education and training and higher education."


"These changes will be developed in close consultation with Tasmanian schools and colleges as well as the University of Tasmania, who are critical partners in this."


Education Minister Paula Wriedt welcomed the developments.


"The Government's post -Year 10 education and training strategy, "Tasmania - A State of Learning, aims to provide more flexible pathways for young Tasmanians."


"Flexible pathways lead to diverse qualifications and the changes being announced today will mean that we can better compare the achievement of students with results in different studies," Ms Wriedt said.


The University of Tasmania's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Daryl Le Grew, is encouraged by the authority's progress.


"We have been discussing the need for these sorts of developments - recognising our High Achiever Program in the TCE and, potentially, VET subjects that provide good preparation for higher education studies - for some time.


"Having results in our High Achiever Program count in 2005 is particularly welcome to the University.


"The University of Tasmania is responsible for determining its entry standards and procedures and will need to approve any changes to the way tertiary entrance scores are calculated. But the University will work closely with the TQA in these developments and I am confident of University support for recognition of appropriate studies in the TE score."


Mr Doe thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his support and agreed these changes build on the university admissions processes for mature-age students which already take into account this sort of information.


He said that the authority's actions, especially the recognition given to the importance and value of vocational education and training, had also been welcomed by TAFE Tasmania CEO John Smyth.


Mr Doe said TAFE Tasmania was not only a stakeholder with a major interest in this area, but was actively participating in the Authority's Technical Advisory Group along with experts from the University.













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