Special consideration for Victoria’s year 12 students

Adjustments will need to be made to the VCE scores of about 50,000 year 12 students (Bigstock)

Every Victorian year 12 student will be assessed for special consideration due to the distress and disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Source: The Age.

While exams will still go ahead in November, Victorian Education Minister James Merlino on Friday announced an “extraordinary” change to how special consideration is determined for year 12 students.

Under the changes, students’ ATARs will take into account school closures due to COVID-19, long absences, increased family responsibilities and the impact of the pandemic on their mental health.

Teachers face a massive task of assessing around 50,000 year 12 students' circumstances and making adjustments to their grades. They will have to consider where every year 12 student is ranked now versus where they would have been ranked if the pandemic hadn't occurred.

The data will be moderated, with school-based assessments from the start of term 1, the general achievement test and VCE exams results feeding into their adjusted ranking. Mr Merlino said this would ensure there was a level-playing field between schools.

Year 12 students from two Catholic schools in Victoria have told The Age that, there is sadness – but determination – among those in their final year of school.

Georgia Ibrom, who attends Catholic College Wodonga, said the excitement of year 12 was gone.

Student Anika Luna from Santa Maria College in Northcote said she felt a rollercoaster of emotions about the return of remote learning, including grief about missing out on typical year 12 milestones and enjoying her final year at school with friends.


'Extraordinary': All VCE students assessed for special consideration (By Henrietta Cook, The Age)

'Wild' experience: Year 12s come of age in pandemic, recession (By Madeleine Heffernan, The Age

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