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Inaccurate Year 12 data on school websites reported - VTAC has ordered schools to stop conflating VCE and IB results

According to The Age, VTAC contacted Carey Baptist Grammar School and Wesley College and asked them to remove data that conflated the scores of both their VCE and International Baccalaureate (IB) students. VTAC believed the data was published in good faith, and there was no deliberate attempt to misrepresent it.

On 5 September 2018, VTAC wrote to every Victorian school offering the IB alternative to VCE to warn them against publishing combined results from the two certificates.

Schools had been equating VCE study scores of 40 or more with the top IB subject scores of 6 or 7.

Achieving a VCE study score of 40 or more (out of a possible 50) places students in the top 9 per cent across Victoria.

But according to VTAC, a third of IB students achieve a score of 6 or 7.

“To consider an IB study score of 6 as equivalent to a VCE study score of 40 would be an inaccurate assumption,” VTAC spokeswoman Suzanne Connelly said.

Carey reported on its website that when VCE and IB results were combined, 25.8 per cent of study scores were 40 or above.

When IB results are excluded, official data from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority shows that 10.5 per cent of Carey students achieved a study score of 40 or above in the VCE in 2017.

The school achieved an average IB score of 36.2, which equates to an ATAR of 94.85.

Meanwhile, Wesley stated on its website that 29 per cent of its Year 12 class achieved study scores of 40 or above in 2017 when its IB and VCE results were combined.

When IB results are excluded, Wesley achieved 12.1 per cent of study scores of 40 or more at its Melbourne campus and 7.9 per cent at its Glen Waverley campus.

Its IB students achieved a median ATAR of 93.45.

Both schools have a large proportion of students who graduate with the IB.

If you are sure whether the figures published on school website are combinations of VCE and IB results, you can check them against Better Education VCE School Results and Rankings. You even can find schools' VCE results trends over the years in a table or on 2D / 3D charts. You can also compare school's results and trends side-by-side.

Edited by user Thursday, 6 September 2018 10:08:38 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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