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Australia Dumping ATAR would create a new set of problems for school leavers

03:50  10 november  2019
03:50  10 november  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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create problems interstate, where the ATAR would still be used and potentially create different ways for students to 'game' their selection rank. The standards would describe the knowledge students would be expected to master during their schooling . Failure to reach the benchmark would not

ANALYSIS shows just one in four high school students is entering university based on their “The question parents, students and teachers should be asking today is if ATAR doesn’t matter for three-quarters The report said the ATAR system’s heavy focus on assessment created stress for Year 12s.

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There is a growing campaign to get rid of the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) because of the belief that it causes stress and is too narrowly focused on academic achievement. New proposals aim to solve these problems by broadening the university admissions criteria to include extra-curricular activities such as sport and music, work experience and evidence of a student’s values to create a “learner profile” for each student.

There are good intentions behind these proposals, but they are ignoring the evidence: other countries have tried this, and it usually makes the problems worse – increasing anxiety for families, putting more pressure on schools and reducing equity of access to university.

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To start, let’s be clear. With limited places in university courses, there will always be competition between students and universities will rank candidates against each other. The question is: should universities base their ranking on more than just academics?

Some believe using non-academic admissions criteria will improve equity, but who are the students with the most access to sport and music and art programs? These programs are expensive, which is why students at high-fee private schools will almost always have advantages over other students in these areas.

Recent research from Canada shows the impact of non-academic admissions criteria on diversity.

Prospective students at the University of British Columbia provide not only their academic average score (a GPA), but also a "personal profile" comprising two or three essays and descriptions of five extracurricular activities. A 2019 study examined how student diversity would differ if the university considered only academic GPA instead of this broader personal profile. The results: non-academic admissions criteria favoured white and wealthy applicants, making equity worse.

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School leaver . Discover what's next Use last year's ATARs as a guide to see what you might be eligible for. Enter your ATAR to create a shortlist. For over 130 years, RMIT has helped hundreds of thousands of students learn new skills, start new careers and go on to great things.

In a new scheme designed to diversify the university's ranks, school leavers will be asked to meet a minimum threshold of community service and extra-curricular Just one degree, a Bachelor of Visual Arts which accepts students based on their portfolio not their ATAR , will be exempt from the new

a woman in a red shirt: Katie Roberts-Hull is a director at Learning First© Supplied Katie Roberts-Hull is a director at Learning First

American universities tend to use non-academic admissions criteria to enrol less qualified students who bring a lot of money. The recent college admissions scandal shows that many wealthy families use sports as a backdoor way to gain admission to selective colleges.

A recent study found that the use of special admissions criteria at Harvard, including preferences for athletic ability, benefited white and wealthy students and significantly reduced university diversity. These problems of admissions scandals and unqualified wealthy students gaming the system are much smaller in Australia because of the ATAR.

Proponents of alternatives to ATAR also say it makes senior secondary school too stressful. But imagine having to not only get top marks in each subject, but also to volunteer extensively, become an expert musician, and be captain of the sports team. In Australia, kids can decide what sports they want to play, which musical instruments they want to try and where to work part-time – all without worrying what impact these choices will have on their university admissions.

The reality of these holistic university admissions policies is that a person’s CV starts at a very young age.

Universities will always rank students, but with the ATAR, students know where they stand. Before scrapping the ATAR, it is important to consider the risks. Many Australians might be wary of shifting to an American-style system which is much less transparent, often more stressful for families, and may worsen equity of access.

Katie Roberts-Hull is a director of Learning First, an education policy research and consulting organisation.

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