7 May 2014

Major review of ACT’s Year 12 Certificate

| MsJane
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Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch has called for a major review of the ACT Year 12 Certificate and is urging the Canberra Community to have their say.

The ACT Year 12 Certificate hasn’t had a major review for over three decades.

“ACT secondary schools produce outstanding student outcomes, with some of the highest levels of educational achievement of all Australian jurisdictions,” Ms Burch said.

“However, the Year 12 Certificate has remained largely unchanged for well over 30 years, and it is time to see if change is needed.

“In particular, I have asked the BSSS (Board of Senior Secondary Studies) to look at whether English and mathematics should be mandatory subjects for our senior students.”

The BSSS is a statutory authority responsible for curriculum, assessment and certification for students in Years 11 and 12 in the ACT.

The review is looking at:

  • The number and types of certificates
  • The number of different packages
  • Minimum requirements for certificates, including literacy and numeracy
  • Recognition of vocational learning
  • Recognition of extra-curricular and outside learning
  • Moderation and quality assurance.

Submissions to the review close on 12 May 2014.

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