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The following guidelines provide details on the Graded Assessment scores required to be entered into
VASS. It summarises information already available to teachers in the relevant Study Designs and
Assessment Handbooks.

There are five sections to the guidelines:
      Section 1      Assessment in VCE Units 3 and 4
                     VCE VET Scored assessment
      Section 2      Summary table for studies
                     Summary table for Graded Assessments
      Section 3      Other issues relating to the entry of scores
      Section 4      Study codes 2010 – Units 3&4
      Section 5      Information for each study (provided separately).

VCE/VASS coordinators are strongly encouraged to photocopy the relevant pages for VCE teachers.

The individual deadlines for entering school assessments on VASS are:
      SIAR 1 June 15               School-assessed Task (SA03)
      SIAR 2 July 26               VCE Unit 3 coursework
      SIAR 3 October 11            School-assessed Tasks (AR03, DT03, FY03, M E03, SA03, SE03, VC03)
      SIAR 4 November 8            VCE Unit 4 coursework
      SIAR 5 November 15           VCE Unit results (S/N/) VET Units of competence and VCE VET

VCE/VASS coordinators are advised to implement a process by which assessments are entered
progressively into VASS rather than close to the deadline.

Summary of main changes in 2010:
  Studies with new Study Designs (Accreditation period 2010-12) and Assessment
   Handbooks for 2010 are:


  The scores required are those as indicated in the respective Study Design assessment
   table for each of Unit 3 and Unit 4. Descriptions of tasks in these guidelines have been
   linked directly to the Outcome with a page reference given to the assessment table in the
   Study Design.

       These guidelines can be downloaded from the VCAA website
            or accessed through the VASS menu SYSTEM ADMINDownloads
Assessment in VCE Units 3 and 4
VCE studies have three Graded Assessments (GAs) for each Unit 3 and 4 sequence (see below for
VCE VET which has only two GAs). Graded Assessments may be Examinations, Coursework or
School-assessed Tasks depending on the particular study.

VCE/VASS coordinators and VCE teachers should:
 refer to Study Designs and current Assessment Handbooks for details on school assessments
 read this advice in consultation with the VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook 2010, VCAA
  Bulletins and Memoranda to Schools
 develop a systematic way of recording, collating and entering the required data for each study.

School assessments for VCE studies are entered in the VASS menu RESULTS ADMINVCE
Results Entry. This permits access to individual screens for the entry of Coursework
assessments, School-assessed Task scores and Unit results.

Note that:
 Input and summary sheets for Coursework can be accessed through the VASS menu RESULTS
ADMINVCE ReportsCoursework.
 Input and summary sheets for School-assessed Tasks can be accessed through the VASS menu
RESULTS ADMINVCE ReportsSchool-assessed Tasks.

An additional report has also been added to VASS to allow VCE Coordinators and/or
teachers to easily view summary level statistics on the range of initial school scores
entered for VCE Unit 3-4 coursework. This report can be used in conjunction with the
RESULTS ADMINVCE Reports  School-assessed Tasks/Coursework Report
(which provides a detailed list of task scores awarded at student level) to provide schools
with a comprehensive analysis of the school assessment task scores they have entered.

Coursework scores
Assessment tasks set by teachers and undertaken by students vary from school to school.

In the information provided in the guidelines for each study, a is used to identify the scores
required on VASS for any outcome (note: that where a selection is required. A popup list of tasks
can be accessed using the       icon).

For VCE coursework assessment data to be entered into VASS, VCE/VASS coordinators and
VCE teachers should ensure that they are familiar with:
 Graded Assessment and Unit structures for the study
 Unit(s) of coursework and their associated outcome structures
 Outcome(s) and their associated tasks
 Maximum score(s) permitted for the tasks

Only after all required scores are entered is the total for a Graded Assessment calculated.

School-assessed Task scores
For School-assessed Task scores to be entered into VASS, VCE/VASS coordinators and VCE
teachers must ensure that the task is scored using the Assessment sheet and criteria published in the
2010 February VCAA Bulletin School Assessment Supplement.
VCE VET Scored assessment
VCE VET programs offering scored assessment (and study score) are:
Business , Community Services Work, Dance, Electrotechnology (Shared Technology) , Engineering
(Certificates II and III) Equine Industry, Financial Services, Furnishing, Hospitality and Hospitality (Kitchen
Operations), Information Technology, Laboratory Skills, Media, Music, Music Industry (Technical
Production), Community Recreation, Outdoor Recreation.
These studies have the following structure:
     Graded Assessment 1 Coursework assessment
     Graded Assessment 2 End-of-year examination.
VET assessments are entered through the VASS menu RESULTS ADMINVET in Schools
Results Entry.
Summary table for studies
 Studies with only one Graded Assessment for Coursework (Units 3 and 4)
 Environmental Science
 Mathematics: Further Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Mathematical Methods (CAS), Specialist
 Music Performance: Group, Solo
 Theatre Studies
 Studies with two Graded Assessments for Coursework (Unit 3 and Unit 4)
 Agricultural and Horticultural Studies
 Business Management
 Classical Societies and Cultures
 English as a Second Language (ESL)
 English Language
 Health and Human Development
 History: Australian History, Renaissance Italy, Revolutions
 Industry and Enterprise Studies
 Information Technology: IT Applications; Software Development
 International Politics: International Studies, National Politics
 Legal Studies
 LOT E : Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Auslan, Australian Indigenous Languages, Bosnian
        Chinese First Language, Chinese Second Language, Chinese Second Language Advanced
        Classical Greek, Classical Hebrew, Croatian, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hebrew
        Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian First Language, Indonesian Second Language, Italian
        Japanese First Language, Japanese Second Language, Khmer, Korean First Language
        Korean Second Language, Latin, Macedonian, Maltese, Persian, Polish
        Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil
        Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Yiddish
 Music Styles
 Outdoor and Environmental Studies
 Physical Education
 Religion and Society
 Texts and Traditions
 Studies with one Graded Assessment for Coursework and one for School-assessed Task
      Units 3 and 4 Coursework and a School-assessed Task
      Design and Technology
      Food and Technology
      Systems Engineering
      Unit 3 Coursework and a School-assessed Task
      Visual Communication and Design
 Study with two Graded Assessments for School-assessed Tasks
      Studio Arts
Summary table for Graded Assessments
All VCE Units (except VCE VET) have three Graded Assessments. However, the combination of Coursework Unit, School-assessed Tasks and Examination
Graded Assessments varies across studies.

VCE VET programs offering a study score have only TWO Graded Assessments (Coursework Unit 3/4 and End-of-year Examination).

               STUDY SEQUENCE                                             Graded Assessment 1                Graded Assessment 2            Graded Assessment 3

 AC03, BI03, CH03, EV03, PH03, PY03                                            Examination                   Coursework Unit 3/4                 Examination

 AH03, BM03, CA03, CS03, EC03, EL01, EN01, EN09, GE03, HH03,                Coursework Unit 3                 Coursework Unit 4                  Examination
 HI08, HI13, HI16, IE03, IS03, IT02, IT03, LI01, LS03, OS03, MS03,
 PE03, PL03, PS03, RE03, TT03

 AR03, DT03, FY03, ME03, SE03                                              Coursework Unit 3/4               School-assessed Task                Examination

 DA03, DR03, MC02, MC03, TS03                                              Coursework Unit 3/4             Performance Examination               Examination

 LOTEs (see note below)                                                     Coursework Unit 3                 Coursework Unit 4                Oral and Written

 MA07, MA09, MA11                                                          Coursework Unit 3/4                    Examination                    Examination

 SA03                                                                     School-assessed Task               School-assessed Task                Examination

 VC03                                                                       Coursework Unit 3                School-assessed Task                Examination

 VCE VET Programs                                                          Coursework Unit 3/4                    Examination                      NO GA3

NOTE: Refer to pages 85 – 91 of the VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook 2010 for more information about all studies but in particular for Auslan, Australian Indigenous
Languages, Classical Greek and Latin which do not follow this pattern.
Other issues relating to the entry of scores
VCE Coursework assessment
Coursework scores are subject to Statistical Moderation procedures.

All teachers must complete and submit VCE Coursework Unit 3 assessment by the due date of
SIAR 2 (ie. Monday 26 July). This includes studies with one Graded Assessment for Coursework
Units 3 and 4 (eg. Graded Assessment 1 in Mathematical Methods or Graded Assessment 2 in
Chemistry). Likewise all teachers must complete and submit VCE Coursework Unit 4 assessment
by the due date of SIAR 4 (ie. 8 November).

School-assessed Task assessment
School-assessed Task scores are subject to review by visitation procedures (refer February 2010
VCAA Bulletin Supplement – School Assessment). This review requires VCAA appointed
reviewers to visit schools according to a schedule.

All teachers of Studio Arts must complete and submit their School-assessed Task 1 assessments by
the due date of SIAR 1 (ie. 15 June). Teachers of studies with a School-assessed Task score due
in SIAR 3 (ie. Art, Design and Technology, Food and Technology, Media, Studio Arts, Systems
Engineering, Visual Communication and Design) must ensure that their students' work is complete
and assessed by this deadline (ie. 11 October).

Zero or NA or blank scores
 A zero is given in those cases where the student has submitted the work but does not score
   according to the assessment criteria/marking scheme.
 An ‘NA’ is given in those cases where the student does not submit the work for assessment.
 A ‘blank’ can only be used temporarily when a score is not available.

Dealing with fractional/decimal scores
Entry of scores requires whole numbers only. Some teachers may provide scores that are in
fractional/decimal form, eg. partial marks were given.

Teachers need to ensure that they are aware of the VCAA maximum score for a task - these are
provided on the sheet for each study in the guidelines. Careful management of scores is required in
those cases where teachers allot their own maximum, as then each score needs to be carefully
scaled up or scaled down according to the VCAA maximum.

If the VCAA maximum is 50, but the teacher marks the task out of 40, then each student’s score
would need to be scaled up by a factor of 1.25. Likewise, if the VCAA maximum is 40, but the
teacher marks the task out of 50, then each student’s score would need to be scaled down by a
factor of 0.8. This may lead to results that are not whole numbers.

Schools should take a consistent approach with such scores, for example (consider scores between
21 and 22):
 rounding down/up – if a score is less than 21.5 then round down to 21, if greater than or equal
    to 21.5 then round up to 22
 'ceiling integer' – any score greater than 21 is 22.

Amending scores
Schools must adopt procedures to minimise errors in results data. Teachers should be provided with
a printout of their set of scores and results for checking prior to the relevant SIAR deadline.

Data entry errors may still occur or a score may need to be amended after the SIAR deadline.
Appropriate forms can be accessed through the VASS menu RESULTS ADMINVCE
ReportsScore Amendment Sheet to communicate any such changes to the VCAA. Schools
can be asked to account for the reasons why such errors are made when the expectation is of a
strict auditing procedure.
Study codes 2010 – Units 3&4
 code      Description - non LOTE                           code    Description - LOTE
 AC03      Accounting                                       LO01    Classical Greek
 AH03      Agricultural and Horticultural Studies           LO02    Arabic
 AR03      Art                                              LO03    Auslan
 BI03      Biology                                          LO04    Chinese First Language
 BM03      Business Management                              LO05    Croatian
 CH03      Chemistry                                        LO07    Dutch
 CS03      Classical Societies and Cultures                 LO09    French
 DA03      Dance                                            LO10    German
 DR03      Drama                                            LO11    Hebrew
 DT03      Design and Technology                            LO12    Hungarian
 EC03      Economics                                        LO13    Indonesian First Language
 EL01      English Language                                 LO14    Italian
 EN01      English                                          LO15    Japanese First Language
 EN09      English (ESL)                                    LO16    Khmer
 EV03      Environmental Science                            LO17    Latin
 FY03      Food and Technology                              LO20    Macedonian
 GE03      Geography                                        LO21    Maltese
 HH03      Health and Human Development                     LO22    Greek
 HI08      Australian History                               LO23    Polish
 HI13      History (Revolutions)                            LO24    Russian
 HI16      Renaissance Italy                                LO25    Serbian
 IE03      Industry and Enterprise Studies                  LO27    Spanish
 IP03      International Politics : International Studies   LO28    Swedish
 IT02      Information Processing & Management              LO29    Turkish
 IT03      Information Systems                              LO30    Ukrainian
 LI01      Literature                                       LO31    Vietnamese
 LS03      Legal Studies                                    LO32    Persian
 MA07      Further Mathematics                              LO33    Portuguese
                                                            LO34    Sinhala
 MA09      Specialist Mathematics                           LO36    Hindi
 MA11      Mathematical Methods (CAS)                       LO37    Korean First Language
 MC02      Music Performance: Solo                          LO38    Australian Indigenous Languages
 MC03      Music Performance: Group                         LO39    Chinese Second Language
 ME03      Media                                            LO40    Indonesian Second Language
 MS03      Music Styles                                     LO41    Albanian
 NP03      International Politics: National Politics        LO42    Romanian
 OS03      Outdoor and Environmental Studies                LO43    Tamil
 PE03      Physical Education                               LO44    Armenian
 PH03      Physics                                          LO45    Filipino
 PL03      Philosophy                                       LO46    Japanese Second Language
 PY03      Psychology                                       LO47    Korean Second Language
 RE03      Religion and Society                             LO48    Chinese Second Language Advanced
 SA03      Studio Arts                                      LO49    Punjabi
 SO03      Sociology                                        LO50    Bosnian
 SE03      Systems Engineering                              LO51    Classical Hebrew
 TS03      Theatre Studies                                  LO52    Yiddish
 TT03      Texts and Traditions
 VC03      Visual Communication and Design

 code Description – Scored VCE VET programs
 BU05 Business (Administration)
 BU10 Business (Administration) NAP Scored Stream                   Hospitality (Food & Beverages)
 CT11 Community Services                                            Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)
 DN04   Dance                                               IN21    Information Technology (Revised)
 EQ02   Equine Industry                                     LB18    Laboratory Skills
 EG07   Engineering Studies (Cert II)                       MI07    Music
 EG08   Engineering Studies (Cert III)                      MI09    Music Industry (Technical production)
 ET06   Electrotechnology                                   MU02    Multimedia
 FN08   Furnishing                                          SR19    Outdoor Recreation
Study codes 2010 – Units 3&4
 FS02 Financial Services       SR21   Community Recreation

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