We understand that from time to time work may be late or delayed. However when the delay or lateness happens for more than one week, students may be eligible for special provision. Individual students may need special provisions in their learning program to achieve the learning outcomes, and in assessment to demonstrate their learning and achievement.
Technology or postal failures are not a reason for special provision. Students must make back up copies of their work before it is sent to their teacher.
Students who are eligible for Special Provision are not exempt from meeting the requirements for Satisfactory Completion of the VCE, or from being assessed against the outcomes for a study. The underlying principle of Special Provision is to ensure that the most appropriate, fair and reasonable arrangements and options are available for students to demonstrate their capabilities where their learning and assessment programs are affected by illness, impairment or personal circumstances (page 122 VCAA Handbook, 2012)
There are a range of alternative arrangements for students who are eligible for special provision that make adjustments to the curriculum delivery, learning programs and assessment for students, to enable them to achieve the standards required by the VCE and VCAL study designs.
Examples of special provision for eligible students may include:
- Rescheduling an assessment task
- Allowing the student extra time to complete the task
- Setting a substitute task of the same type
- Replacing a task with a task of a different kind
- Using a planned task to assess more outcomes or aspects of outcomes than originally intended
- Using technology, aides or other special arrangements to undertake assessment tasks
- Deriving a score from other assessments or work completed by the student (in circumstances where the above provisions are not feasible or reasonable).
Students are eligible for Special Provision for school-based assessment if their ability to demonstrate achievement is adversely affected by:
* Illness – acute and chronic
* Impairment – long term
* Personal circumstances not of the students own choosing.
Supporting documentation must be provided for each/any of the above circumstances
Undocumented circumstances which prevent the submission of work is not in itself grounds for Special Provision. However, arrangements are applicable for students experiencing severe hardship. If at any stage you feel you need to apply for special provision, please contact the student support or subject teacher.