Education Department: ATAR results not affected by error in physics exam

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A PHYSICS examination report has found an error in how one question was presented in last year’s Year 12 exam did not affect results.

The report is one of 50 reports into the 2017 Year 12 ATAR exams, which feature comments and observations from the chief marker and examiner.

Reports will be available to teachers, with versions for students to be released publicly on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website tomorrow.

The error was described a situation as being in equilibrium when it was not, but the marking key for markers ensured that candidates were not penalised.

The mean score for the physics exam was 57.55 per cent and the spread of student results ranged from 1.67 per cent to 97.22 per cent.

School Curriculum and Standards executive director Allan Blagaich said the reports provided teachers with feedback on how last year’s students performed and provide advice to this year’s students.

“The reports help senior secondary teachers to focus on key areas in their teaching and learning programs with their current students,” he said.

“The reports also provide the School Curriculum and Standards Authority with insight into areas for improvement in the design of future exam papers.”

Key themes from the reports included the majority of students addressing questions well, teachers using the syllabuses successfully and prepared their students well.

Meanwhile, the English exam had the highest number of candidates at 11,161 students.

The English exam report identified that students needed to work on written composition skills, gain a better understanding of certain literacy terms such as perspective, narrative writing and ensure originality.