The Secretary of the Department of Education has initiated an independent review into the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s (VCAA) Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) examination-setting policies, processes and procedures, with a particular focus on the examinations set for the mathematics and chemistry studies.
This is in response to the issues and allegations arising from the 2023 VCE examination series.
The scope of the review will be to consider the VCAA’s examination-setting policies, processes and procedures and how these were applied to the:
- Content of the questions in the Mathematics and chemistry examination papers
- Editorial review of the questions in the Mathematics and chemistry examination papers; and
- Distribution of examination papers to ensure students received the correct examination in subjects where there are multiple examination papers for different levels of study.
The Secretary has appointed Dr John Bennett, former chief executive officer of the New South Wales Office of the Board of Studies, now known as the NSW Education Standards Authority, to undertake the review.
Dr Bennett will be supported in his work by an external quality assurance expert from the Australian Council for Educational Research and an auditor from the Department of Education’s internal audit supplier, Ernst and Young.
The review will include consultation with external experts in mathematics and chemistry.
The review will report to the Secretary of the Department of the Education in March 2024.