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Subject: Newsletter - Principals and TLOs

From: enquiries@tasc.tas.gov.au

Date: June 27, 2017



MESSAGE FROM KATRINA

Welcome to your special June edition of the TASC newsletter.

There are so many things happening at this time of the year, I thought you would appreciate a small, but important newsletter now. Our regular quarterly newsletter will be issued in July.

This issue contains important information about:

External examination centres
ICT online safety net test
New TASC website
English literature examination specifications
Employment opportunities
Chief marking examiner
Sessional staff
2016 TCE attainment data
Data for MySchool

Thank you for your continued support of the work we do here at TASC.

Katrina Beams
Executive Officer


EXTERNAL EXAMINATION CENTRES

TASC has implemented a process for the establishment of new external examination centres for 2017 and beyond.

TASC currently has 27 established examination centres across the state and these will not change for 2017.

The process for the establishment of new examination centres will take into account:
1. The travel time between a student s school where they study a course and the nearest established examination centre
2. the number of candidates in total sitting Level 3 and/ or Level 4 examinations at that centre across the nine day examination period.

I encourage schools who are considering becoming a new examination centre for 2017, but have small numbers of candidates or are isolated to contact TASC.
School leaders must write to the Executive Officer, TASC execofficer@tasc.tas.gov.au outlining your circumstances by 31 July 2017 for consideration for 2017 examinations.

TASC will establish a panel to review each case on its merit.

This process will be applied across all school sectors.

If you have any questions about the establishment of new examination centres, please contact enquiries@tasc.tas.gov.au


ICT ONLINE SAFETY NET TEST

This year students have the opportunity to sit the Everyday adult use of computers and the internet (ICT) safety net test online.

Information will be sent to all schools this week with more details about the online test, including how to register your students for the 3 August 2017 test date. For 2017 the ICT safety net test can also be undertaken using the standard paper based test.


NEW TASC WEBSITE

We are building a new, user friendly TASC website which is planned to launch in the next couple of months. Here s a few tips to help maintain effective communications with you and your school.

BOOKMARKS AND FAVOURITES
We are renewing all our web content and once the new website goes live, the only currently existing URL will be the home page www.tasc.tas.gov.au. No other, current URLs will exist and links to anywhere on the current site will be broken. To limit inconvenience, we recommend that you look at any links you have stored for the TASC site and change them to the generic www.tasc.tas.gov.au . Once you visit the new site you will be able to locate the new URLs and update your bookmarks and favourites.

COURSE INFORMATION
Course information will be published as dynamic, online content. Course documents will no longer be available as PDFs, however, you will be able to produce a print friendly version from the web content. The standards will be shown from left to right (A B C) which aligns with the national standards.


ENGLISH LITERATURE EXAMINATION SPECIFICATIONS

TASC confirm that there have been no changes to the English Literature examination specifications that were originally published on the TASC website on 12 April 2017, prior to the Moderation Day.

The examination specifications were developed in accordance with a new process which was instigated in 2017 after receiving feedback from teachers which ensures a consistency of approach. The examination specifications will be used to inform the development of the examination at the end of the year.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

CHIEF MARKING EXAMINER
TASC is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for the role of chief marking examiner for 2017 for MTM415117 Mathematics Methods.
EOIs are invited from suitably qualified persons, teachers and/or academics. If you are a TASC Liaison Officer or a Level 3/4 Teacher of MTM415117 Mathematics Methods, please consider this role as a valuable professional learning opportunity.

Expressions of interest close on Friday 28 July 2017. Further information, including selection criteria and duties is attached.

SESSIONAL STAFF
TASC will be employing sessional staff to perform roles such as examination supervisors and markers. Roles will be filled through an expression of interest process, which will be advertised on the TASC website in August. There will also be opportunities for clerical assistants. These roles will be filled through a merit based selection process from the relief register. When the relief register is available, we will publish the link on our website.

You must have a current and valid Registration to Work with Vulnerable People at all times you are employed to work with TASC.


2016 TCE ATTAINMENT DATA
2016 TCE attainment data is now available on the TASC website.


DATA FOR MYSCHOOL
TASC are required to provide senior secondary outcome (SSO) data and vocational education and training in schools (VETiS) data to ACARA for publication on MySchool later this year.

We will send your individual school data to you before the end of July.


CONTACT US
Phone 6165 6000
Email enquiries@tasc.tas.gov.au



Katrina Beams
Executive Officer
TASC
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