School scores fail uni test on picking best

“Universities are looking for broader ways to assess prospective students amid suggestions the tertiary sector needs to drop its reliance on a single school score. University vice-chancellors are concerned that school results are too narrow and are failing to identify talented students who fail to make the grade, especially from among the disadvantaged attending under-resourced state schools. As thousands of Victorian and NSW students wait for their results today and Wednesday, respectively, Australian Secondary Principals Association president Andrew Blair wants to dump the whole idea of having schools produce a single entry score. Instead, Mr Blair said it should be left up to universities to assess students using a range of criteria, including a more rounded view of a student’s school performance …” (more)

[Andrew Trounson, Australian Higher Education, 15 December]

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