VCAA Updates

Published 1st September

The VCAA has released study-specific advice on VCE PD&T & Systems - Click HERE for full details. In summary:

PD&T

It may not be possible for students to complete their SAT as intended or planned in the remaining time. Schools may choose to adopt the Special Provision: Classroom learning and School-based Assessment strategy of replacing a task with the different type or setting a substitute task of the same type. For example, students may create a model or prototype of their product rather than producing the actual product. It is important that the same indicators in each of the assessment criteria are used to rank the school’s cohort of students

Systems Engineering

It may not be possible for students to complete their SAT as intended or planned in the remaining time. Schools may choose to adopt the Special Provision: Classroom learning and School-based Assessment strategy of replacing a task with the different type or setting a substitute task of the same type. For example, students may create a model or simulation of their system rather than produce the actual system. It is important that the same indicators in each of the assessment criteria are used to rank the school’s cohort of students.

On Special Provision:

Some VCE studies require completion of a folio, production item or research report. Students who may be injured, ill or experiencing adverse personal circumstances during the time designated by the school for the completion of these types of tasks should be encouraged to complete the task.

The school could consider a range of options for the student, including:

  • allowing an extension of time for the student to complete the task, but within the timeframe for the school to lodge the score by the relevant VCAA submission date. If the student is given an extension, but the work is still not complete by the due date, it should be assessed by the teacher as it is and that score sent to the VCAA
  • contacting the VCAA (via a letter from the principal) for permission to allow the student an extension of time to complete the task that will enable a score to be submitted after the VCAA submission date. A VASS Score Amendment Sheet (SAS) must be lodged when the score becomes available
  • allowing the student to complete the task in an agreed extended timeline for satisfactory completion purposes only; that is, if the student receives an S result for the VCE unit outcome, but is awarded a score of NA (not assessed) for the task
  • deriving a score for the task based on work completed and/or other assessments.

Published 29th August:

Click HERE to see the latest letter to principals which includes information about practical assessments. Note that the VCAA have not offered guidance as yet for Product Design & Technology or Systems Engineering - this will be released as soon as it is available.


Published 20th August

Just published - news from the premier's office about school-based assessment for practical subjects. Click HERE for details


Published 17th August

The VCAA have published updates on VCE Assessment and expected dates for exam results to be released- click HERE for all details.


Published 10th August

The VCAA have announced that:

  • the GAT has been rescheduled to a date yet to be determined
  • the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage (CED) process accounts for the disruption to student learning caused the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It makes sure that final VCE results are valid and fair for all students. It applies to every student completing scored one or more VCE or scored VCE VET Unit 3-4 sequences in 2021 (including Year 11 and 10 students), and considers how students have been affected by circumstances, including school closures and mental health challenges
  • Schools can choose the conditions and arrangements for school-based assessments. These conditions must meet the VCE assessment principles (docx - 68.73kb)study design requirements and VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook specifications. You may consider delivering school-based assessments remotely or may choose to reschedule for a later date when face-to-face learning resumes.
  • the following deadlines for entering VCE scores and results in VASS have been set
    • Unit 3 school-based assessment results – Monday 6 September
    • Unit 4 school-based assessment results – Wednesday 3 November
  • There is guidance available on assessment integrity and authenticating remote assessments
  • Teachers must use the original, unamended study design and NOT the amended 2020 study design
  • There will be no change to the study design or exam content

Click HERE for the latest updates.


Published 23rd July

The VCAA have announced that the GAT has been postponed until the 12th August, and that there will be no changes to the study design, exam content or exam dates. Click HERE for the latest updates.


Published 2nd June

The VCAA have announced that the GAT has been postponed and SATS are due on June 25th. More details HERE.


Announced 22nd May

DATTA Vic has asked the VCAA is there will be any extension to the VASS deadline in light of the latest lock-down.  Any teachers with concerns should email the VCAA Student Records Unit at student.records@education.vic.gov.au


Published 22nd September

The VCAA have released this update on VCE assessment, which allows for VCE students to be on site during the term 3 break.


Published - 28th August

The VCAA has released videos offering guidance on assessment for VCE Unit 4. Click on the links below to watch:


DATTA Vic Advocacy

Following the advice on the SAT published by the VCAA on the 19th August, DATTA Vic carried out a survey with our members in order to identify issues with assessing unit 4 PD&T and Systems Engineering during the Covid-19 restrictions. You can find the results of our survey HERE.

Following the announcement from the Minister of Education at the end of July that Victorian VCE students would be returning to online learning. DATTA Vic sent the following letter to the VCAA on August 3, requesting guidance about the delivery of VCE PD&T Unit 4. 


*Published 19th August*

The VCAA has just published further advice on the SAT - click HERE to read. There is now subject-specific guidance.

For PD&T, it states All nine criteria from the Revised ‘VCE Product Design and Technology: Administrative information for School-based Assessment in 2020’ will be used to assess student work for the School-assessed Task. However, not all indicators listed for each criterion may be used. Therefore, teachers can use some or all indicators listed for each criterion to form a judgement about student work, which may not necessarily be completion of a productProducts must not be completed at home without appropriate supervision and competency tests for use of tools and machines (refer to the Department of Education and Training’s Use of Machinery in Technology Teaching webpage).  


For Systems Engineering, All eight criteria from the ‘Revised VCE Systems Engineering: Administrative information for School-based Assessment in 2020’ will be used to assess student work for the School-assessed Task. However, not all indicators listed for each criterion may be used. Therefore, teachers can use some or all indicators listed for each criterion to form a judgement about student work, which may not necessarily be completion of a system (or aspect of a system). System projects must not be completed at home without appropriate supervision and competency tests for use of tools and machines (refer to the Department of Education and Training’s Use of Machinery in Technology Teaching webpage).  


*Just Published - 17th August*

The DET published this letter to Principals on the 17th August, with the following advice on VCE Assessment:

Click HERE for the latest update from the VCAA. (17th August)

All VCE enquiries should be directed to the following VCAA staff:

  • PD&T & Systems Engineering Curiculum Manager - Leanne Compton (compton.leanne.l@edumail.vic.gov.au)
  • Continuity of learning (all aspects) and assessment – Justin Seabury (seabury.justin.s@edumail.vic.gov.au) or Barbara Elvin (elvin.barbara.g@edumail.vic.gov.au)  
  • School-assessed coursework design options – Geoff O’Neill (o’neill.geoffrey.m@edumail.vic.gov.au) 
  • Study-specific enquiries – Robyn Douglass (douglass.robyn.f@edumail.vic.gov.au)

The DET also have a dedicated COVID-19 Helpline for all enquiries - 1800 338 663


Click HERE to read the Ministerial letter from the Hon. James Merlino to all VCE students - published 11/08/2020


The latest advice from the VCAA on changes to VCE is available HERE.

Specific details on PD&T are HERE, and for Systems Engineering, click HERE.

The feedback from the recorded webinars on the adjusted study designs for PD&T and Systems Engineering are available on those pages.

The 2020 adjusted study designs can be downloaded from here:


All VCE enquiries should be directed to the following VCAA staff:

  • Continuity of learning (all aspects) and assessment – Justin Seabury (seabury.justin.s@edumail.vic.gov.au) or Barbara Elvin (elvin.barbara.g@edumail.vic.gov.au)  
  • School-assessed coursework design options – Geoff O’Neill (o’neill.geoffrey.m@edumail.vic.gov.au) 
  • Study-specific enquiries – Robyn Douglass (douglass.robyn.f@edumail.vic.gov.au)

The DET also have a dedicated COVID-19 Helpline for all enquiries - 1800 338 663



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