Reasonable Adjustments for TASC external assessments (formerly Special Provisions)
Applications open Thursday, 26 March and close Friday, 29 May 2020
The Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification is committed to providing all Tasmanian senior secondary students with the opportunity to access and participate in TASC accredited courses, that would ideally lead to the conferral of qualifications and achievement of the Tasmanian Certificate of Education, the Tasmanian Qualifications Certificate and/or the Tasmanian Certificate of Educational Achievement.
TASC recognises that some Tasmanian senior secondary students may not be able to access or participate in TASC accredited courses on the same basis as other students without access to reasonable adjustments.
All Australian states, through their senior secondary authorities, including TASC in Tasmania, provide students with reasonable adjustments to support equitable access and opportunities for success in completing their senior secondary studies and assessment.
It is expected that students are able to demonstrate, with the support of their reasonable adjustment/s, the required knowledge, skills and standards of the course.
All information relating to reasonable adjustment policy decisions and process can be found in the TASC Reasonable Adjustments Policy.
Application forms for reasonable adjustments:
- Form RA1 – Reasonable Adjustments Application Form
- Form RA2 – Reasonable Adjustments Application Form – Misadventure/Personal Circumstances
Reasonable adjustments and COVID-19
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:
- lodge an intention to apply for reasonable adjustments against the student’s profile in TRACS.
- Schools should attach whatever evidence is available including, current documentation of advice that is present at the school level, a school-based statement about the use of the adjustments in learning (found on the form).
- Please see TASC’s Reasonable Adjustments Policy that includes information about late applications.
Special Provisions Project
TASC and schools share responsibilities and obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Disability Standards for Education 2005 to make reasonable adjustments to enable students eligible on the grounds of disability, to participate in programs, and associated assessments, on the same basis as other students.
Following a Request for Quotation process, TASC appointed consultant John Firth to undertake a Special Provisions Project throughout June 2019. In October 2019, Mr Firth provided TASC with the Project Report, Special Provisions in the Tasmanian Certificate of Education outlining 17 Recommendations.