Thanks for the explanation. With regard to your marks being set against the rest of the class... I can't comment on past processes as it has changed so much over the year, but that's not how it's done currently. A student's mark IS ranked, but it's against all other students in the state. So year on year, the TER may differ slightly for the exact same marks. TER is NOT brought down (or up) by other students within the class or school though.
ohhh, all of this is reminding me of the GAT. No idea if they still do it in Vic, but back in the 90s scores on the GAT did somehow influence their study scores for each subject, although I can't remember how.
Anyhoo, my (private) school insisted that everyone sit the GAT. It was particularly important for the IB students as it worked out the conversion of IB scores to TERs. The better the IB students' scores on the GAT compared to the VCE students, the higher the conversion from IB score to TER. But no one encouraged the VCE students to do badly to boost the IB students or vice versa or anything like that. My (private) school would never ever have sacrificed a student's outcomes for the sake of the school's statistics. I suspect the fact that 98% of students from my year went on to tertiary education was mostly due to the fact that the type of family who would pay $15,000 for one school year would generally expect and/or encourage their child to enrol in tertiary education, but it's a bit chicken and egg really...
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The fact that they need an 8-page leaflet to explain really sums up how stupid the system is.
This thread was about where did private/public schooling get you, my point was that private schools often have artificially inflated high OP scores due to their ability to prevent low-achieving students from sitting the QCS test. Whether or not you agree with this, it's still something to factor in if you're expecting your child will want to apply for university.
ssholes and think it's funny that they have the ability to do so.
Some high schools (mine in particular) like to be able to "brag" about the fact that they've got x% of students op-eligble and x% of students applying for university without actually considering the fact that some of their students shouldn't really be doing that. One of the issues with my school was how heavily university and getting an OP was pushed, when really their should have been more encouragement about looking tafe, apprenticeships, full-time work etc. But that's individual issue with the school, not Queensland system.
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