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  • TRIM: 2016/309

    Year 12 Student Achievement Data

    2015

    Released by

    Allan Blagaich Chief Executive Officer School Curriculum and Standards Authority

    7 January 2016

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    CONTENTS

    A. Background

    B. Data highlights

    C. Student achievement tables 2015

    Table 1: First 50 WACE Stage 3 course examination schools

    (WACE course score of 75+)

    Table 2: First 50 WACE Stage 3 course examination schools

    (WACE course score of 65+)

    Table 3a: First 50 VET schools – AQF Certificate I or higher

    Table 3b: First 50 VET schools – AQF Certificate II or higher

    D. Year 12 student achievement data 2015

    Table 1: 2015 WACE achievement

    Table 2: Overall 2015 WACE course completions

    Table 3: Overall 2015 Stage 2 and Stage 3 WACE course achievements

    Table 4a: 2015 schools with highest performing students in Stage 3 of

    each WACE course

    Table 4b: 2015 schools with highest performing students in Stage 2 of

    each WACE course

    Table 5: 2015 Vocational Education and Training – participation and

    achievement

    Table 6a: 2015 Vocational Education and Training – AQF Certificate I or

    higher

    Table 6b: 2015 Vocational Education and Training – AQF Certificate II or

    higher

    Table 7: 2015 VET qualifications awarded

    Table 8: 2015 endorsed programs completion

    E. 2015 Year 12 State statistics

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    BACKGROUND This information package presents summary Year 12 student achievement data for schools that had Year 12 students in 2015.

    Context for 2015 2015 was the sixth year that schools could select from the full list of 52 Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) courses. Each school offered its students a range of these courses. The 2015 data include achievement in the following WACE courses:

    Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies

    Aboriginal Languages of WA

    Accounting and Finance

    Ancient History

    Animal Production Systems

    Applied Information Technology

    Automotive Engineering and Technology

    Aviation

    Biological Sciences

    Building and Construction

    Business Management and Enterprise

    Career and Enterprise

    Chemistry

    Children, Family and the Community

    Chinese: Second Language

    Computer Science

    Dance

    Design

    Drama

    Earth and Environmental Science

    Economics

    Engineering Studies

    English

    English as an Additional Language/Dialect

    Food Science and Technology

    French

    Geography

    German

    Health Studies

    Human Biological Science

    Indonesian: Second Language

    Integrated Science

    Italian

    Japanese: Second Language

    Literature

    Marine and Maritime Technology

    Materials Design and Technology

    Mathematics (2A/2B, 2C/2D, 3A/3B, 3C/3D)

    Mathematics: Specialist (3A/3B, 3C/3D)

    Media Production and Analysis

    Modern History

    Music

    Outdoor Education

    Philosophy and Ethics

    Physical Education Studies

    Physics

    Plant Production Systems

    Politics and Law

    Psychology

    Religion and Life

    Visual Arts Workplace Learning

    Examinations in these courses were compulsory for Year 12 students who were studying a pair of Stage 3 units, unless they were exempt. Students who were studying a pair of Stage 2 units could elect to sit the examination since, for these courses, examinations were not compulsory. In 2015, there were 24,895 Year 12 students. Comparatively, there were 16,837 in 2014 (Note: Half cohort of Year 12 students), 24,556 in 2013, 23,879 in 2012, 23,564 in 2011 and 23,153 in 2010. Of these 24,895 Year 12 students, 23,475 were eligible for a WACE.

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    Interpreting data tables The data tables are about the achievement of students at schools and should not be used to draw simplistic conclusions about the performance of schools. The following general qualifiers should be recognised:

     many factors affect student achievement, some of which are outside the control of schools. These include differences in ability, cultural and language background, educational background of parents and economic differences

     no single table or data source should prevail in drawing conclusions about the performance of students at schools. A more realistic picture is gained from a composite view of all tables

     the statistics of a single year should not be considered in isolation, rather the trend or pattern over a number of years should be considered

     small numbers of candidates at a school can bias inferences, particularly with percentages.

    The data that will be of interest to the community are the proportions, at each school, of:

     students who sat the WACE course examinations and who achieved a WACE course score of 75 and above

     students who sat the WACE course examinations and who achieved a WACE course score of 65 and above

     VET students in a school who completed at least one Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) VET Certificate I or higher qualification.

     VET students in a school who completed at least one Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) VET Certificate II or higher qualification.

    There are three sets of tables presented. 1. Table 1 identifies first 50 schools, in rank order, for each of the criteria mentioned above. 2. Table 2 lists all schools, in alphabetical order, for each of the criteria mentioned above, plus

    WACE achievements, WACE course unit completions for each school, WACE course unit achievements at Stage 2 and Stage 3 for each school, schools with the highest achieving students in each Stage 2 and Stage 3 WACE course, VET participation and qualifications achieved for each school and endorsed program completions for each school.

    3. Table 3 presents the Year 12 State statistics for 2015.

    Contact Details: Website: www.scsa.wa.edu.au Media enquiries: Vanessa Peters 9273 6779

    http://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/internet/_Documents/Publications/WACE%20term%20calendar%202012%20web%20version.pdf

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    DATA HIGHLIGHTS Year 12 population

     In 2015, 24,895 Year 12 students undertook studies towards the WACE. This is a increase of 47.8 per cent on the 16,837 students in 2014. In 2014, there was a half cohort of Year 12 students.

     In addition, in 2015 3,619 (1,574 in 2014 and 3,287 in 2013) 17 year olds were engaged in apprenticeships, traineeships, employment and/or training. These young people were not enrolled in schools.

     In 2015, there was a decrease in the number of students repeating or re-entering Year 12 (from 255 in 2014 to 151 in 2015).

     In 2015, the number of mature-age Year 12 students increased to 306 compared with 289 in 2014.

    Secondary WACE achievement

     Of the 24,895 Year 12 students (16,837 in 2014, 24,556 in 2013), 23,475 full-time students were eligible to achieve a WACE (15,607 in 2014, 22,934 in 2013).

     In 2015, 22,630 (96.4 per cent) of eligible Year 12 students achieved a WACE. This compares to 14,982 (96.0 per cent) in 2014 and 22,229 (96.9 per cent) in 2013.

    WACE course examinations

     There were 13,680 Year 12 students (58.3 per cent of Year 12 students who undertook full time studies towards the WACE) who sat four or more WACE course examinations in 2015. In 2014, there were 9,152 Year 12 students (58.6 per cent) who sat four or more WACE course examinations.

     In 2015, Stage 2 examinations were not compulsory.

     Students who sit four or more WACE course examinations are could be eligible for an ATAR.

    WACE courses

     In 2015, 23,475 (15,604 in 2014, 22,933 in 2013) Year 12 students completed at least two WACE course units. Of these, 11,763 (50.1 per cent) achieved an A grade in at least one course unit. In 2014, 8,154 (52.2 per cent) and in 2013, 12,187 (53.1 per cent)

    achieved an A grade in at least one course. VET

     In 2015, 46.4 per cent (41.1 per cent in 2014, 42.0 per cent in 2013) of Year 12 students participated in VET programs.

     In 2015, 11,796 Year 12 students achieved at least one VET qualification in Year 10, 11 or 12, compared with 7,044 in 2014 and 10,067 in 2013.

     In 2015, there were 10,843 Certificates II, III or IV achieved. Comparative figures for 2014 and 2013 were 7,994 and 10,661 respectively. In 2015, 2,345 students achieved Certificate III and 480 students achieved a Certificate IV. The respective numbers in 2014 were 1,064 and 263 and in 2013 were 1,272 and 319.

     In 2015, the five most popular qualifications were Certificate II in Business, Certificate II in Sport and Recreation, Certificate II in Visual Arts, Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology and Certificate II in Hospitality.

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    School profile

    The following table shows the number of schools from each system/sector and metropolitan and country region.