FROM THE PRINCIPAL
ATAR, Pathways and Reports
by Mr Tony Kent
This week there has been quite a bit of media coverage on data released on the use of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking) as a pathway for university entrance for students. For students wishing to pursue post-secondary qualifications the ATAR has traditionally been the gateway to this pathway, and a major contributor to the pressure and stress imposed on students as they sit the HSC. It was interesting to note just how much university entrance is trending away from the ATAR as a means of entry. Data released showed that in 2018 only 25% of students entering university did so via the use of an ATAR, with 75% of entrants utilising a myriad of other pathways, which are becoming increasingly available to students. The statistics are a little higher for students progressing directly from school to tertiary study (a little more than half), but it reinforces the trend away from this high pressure outcome for students sitting the HSC.
Although we want all of our students to achieve their very best here at CCAS (including a good ATAR), we do not want them to be defined by a particular grade or outcome, particularly at the completion of their secondary schooling. Equally, we want to minimise the stress and anxiety that is heaped on students, and keep a healthy balance in their lives during these critical years of their development and education. A quality education is so much more than how they perform in a particular set of exams, and there are so many other ways in which students can demonstrate their skills and abilities necessary for success in life, something we are both passionate about and committed to here at CCAS. There are so many pathways available to students to achieve their goals and, as this data has demonstrated, these pathways are becoming increasingly popular within the tertiary sector here in Australia. From our perspective this is an encouraging trend.
I would like to thank all those parents who braved the somewhat unpleasant weather to meet with teachers as part of our Interim Report process. We always value the opportunity to connect with parents as we partner together in the journey of education for your children. I hope you found the opportunity helpful as well.
We should always be grateful for the rain, but I am glad the forecast for next week is looking more positive, as it is promising a lovely afternoon and evening for our annual Open Afternoon. Remember it commences at 3:30pm and runs until 6:00pm. I'm hoping you are able to attend.