Supporting Year 11 and 12 students to return to school

22 May 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring the smooth return of students to school and to minimising any impacts on student learning caused by COVID-19 disruptions.

When planning for the return to school-based learning we decided to adopt a staged approach to ensure we could continue to manage the movement of people across our communities.

We have also planned for those students returning to the critical senior years of 11 and 12 to do so with confidence knowing they’re still on track to attain their goals.

When years 11 and 12 students return from Monday 25 May, they will work to a modified curriculum which clearly spells out what is needed from them for the remainder of the year, and how teachers can best support them in their learning.

The Government has been working closely with all stakeholders including TASC, the Department of Education, Catholic Education Tasmania, Independent Schools Tasmania, the University of Tasmania, and public and private registered training organisations to address issues that may affect the attainment of the Tasmanian Qualifications Certificate, Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) and the calculation of ATAR scores.

We have also made excellent progress updating examinations and assessments. For example students in Accounting and Business studies will sit modified exams with confidence knowing they can achieve a nationally recognised certificate.

For 2020 written examinations will be held between 9 and 19 November, with student results emailed on 18 December. Further detail and communication about end of year assessment for Years 11 and 12 will follow in the coming weeks.

We believe it is important to give clarity to teachers and schools, but also to provide fairness and equity to students whose learning may have been impacted by the pandemic this year.

The health and wellbeing of all Tasmanian students and their families has always been the top priority as we face the many challenges of COVID-19 together.

I would like to thank all teachers and school staff, students and families for their understanding and support during this uncertain and difficult time. Everyone has risen to the challenge.

More information can be found at  TASC Information for Students - External Assessments