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TASC is working with all senior secondary authorities across Australia to ensure consistency of approach to the challenges we are facing due to COVID-19. As the situation evolves TASC will advise as decisions are made.
TASC is working very hard behind the scenes with colleagues in all school sectors, the Framework Advisory Council, Years 9-12 Learning and others to find solutions to the challenges we are facing.
For courses that require engagement/field-work with outside organisations:
· Placements can proceed, provided safety protocols around hand hygiene, physical distancing and cleaning are being followed. Students should be aware of any policies or guidelines that the workplace or organisation may be using.
· Off-site activities that are critical to fulfil course requirements, and which are unable to be completed on school sites or deferred to a later time, can be undertaken. If it is necessary for off-site education activities to occur, then risk management processes need to be strictly followed.
· The group size would need to reflect the minimum number of people required to safely complete the activities and the maximum number of people allowed to comply with the current Tasmanian travel and gathering restrictions which are:
· 9 June – 26 June – Maximum of 20 people
· After 26 June – 50-100 people, with further advice to be provided by Public Health.
It should be noted that these restrictions are subject to change, based on Public Health advice.
How do students who are unable to physically be together complete the practical components of their courses (e.g. Arts, HPE, Sciences etc.)?
What should I do if students are required to share equipment?
What about the delivery of courses?
Schools are required to ensure that the TASC standards for delivery and assessment of TASC accredited courses are met.
TASC and Years 9 to 12 Learning have worked together to has consider the impact of the current COVID-19 circumstances on learning for students. TASC has published information online regarding course adjustments and considerations for 2020. This can be found here.
Could TASC suspend /stop/postpone their audit schedule?
How do international students, who can’t get back to Australia, do their practical requirements in science courses?
How do we ensure academic integrity of student produced material during learning at home?
Can Years 11 and 12 students continue to access reasonable adjustments for TASC external assessment?
The Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC) has updated information about reasonable adjustments for TASC external assessments on their website, including policy advice and new application forms.
The application process is now open and closes on Friday 29 May.
Given the current circumstances, TASC will ensure that late applications will continue be assessed as the need arises. The process will be continually monitored and advice provided as circumstances change.
If students cannot access medical professionals to complete their reasonable adjustment form schools should:
What will happen with courses where work will not be able to be monitored during its development?
Should we be cancelling performances?
Are Theatre/Performance Drama students able to use recorded live shows in place of actual audience participation?
How should schools manage supervision of students remotely (for example by Itinerant music tutors)?
Will the Drama Level 3 exam paper refer to the mid-year show?
Where ensemble is stipulated in course criteria and standards (Theatre Performance, Contemporary Music etc) are TASC considering how these requirements can be met?
Is there flexibility in the delivery of TASC course content while schools are delivering to students off site?
Do students still need to do work placement for courses that require it?
How should schools proceed with any placements for community service learning?
Should Schools be liaising with work places and mentors to ascertain if their existing arrangements can be continued?
What are the guidelines around practical sport, recreation and Outdoor Education?
Some subjects have mandated camps that they have to attend, how do we go about this as there may not be time to hold these camps when we get back to on-campus learning?
How can I manage internal assessment in the current situation?
Are TASC external assessments, including written exams going ahead in 2020?
Are Mid-Year Exams a school based decision or does TASC have recommendations on those particular assessments?
How does the current situation impact external assessment?
Do teachers need to keep assessment records (and the assessment tasks) for all Level 1-4 TASC accredited courses?
Can exam setters exclude COVID-19 related topics because it will be sensitive for some students?
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