Every Victorian secondary school student is to be tested against new literacy and numeracy standards under the biggest overhaul of the VCE in decades.
The changes, to be unveiled by the Andrews government on Monday as tens of thousands of students prepare to sit their VCE exams, follow concerns that too many students are graduating with dismal reading, writing and maths skills.
But there are fears the move could lead to increased pressure and higher dropout rates among students who don’t like exams.
From 2021, students undertaking the certificate and its vocational alternative, VCAL, are to receive a grade of “not demonstrated”, “demonstrated” or “highly demonstrated” against reading, writing and numeracy. These assessments will be recorded in their statement of results, which is scrutinised by employers and universities.
The government said students would be assessed against the new standards from year 11, when they sit a revamped General Achievement Test, which is commonly known as the GAT.