Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA) or illness/Misadventure under the new QCE
At Glennie, we have well-established processes in place for supporting students who may need reasonable adjustments to their learning and their assessment. Students with a disability or impairment are generally managed in partnership with the Learning Support Department. Students with medical conditions are generally managed by the office of the Dean of Teaching and Learning. Up until now, for all year levels, decisions regarding adjustments to assessment have been managed by the School.
Under the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), decisions about Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA) as well as illness or misadventure for summative assessment in Years 11 and 12 Applied and General subjects must now be approved by, or reported to, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).
In summary, AARA is designed to assist students with a disability, impairment, medical condition, or experiencing other disabling circumstances, by making appropriate changes to assessment conditions due to such barriers. Students may need to access AARA for longstanding conditions or short-term situations, such as an injury or other unforeseen circumstances. An example of an ongoing condition is vision impairment that may require enlarged print for exam papers. Some other examples include hearing impairment, dyslexia, anxiety disorders and diabetes. An example of an emergent temporary condition might be a hand injury (requiring the use of a computer or extra time to complete an exam) or an illness (requiring an extension of time for the submission of an assignment). Students are not eligible for AARA for matters that the student could have avoided (e.g. misreading an examination timetable) or matters of the student’s or parent’s/carer’s own choosing (e.g. family holidays).
In the new QCE system, students in Years 11 and 12 are required to complete and submit relevant QCAA medical forms or the relevant AARA or illness/misadventure form, which informs decisions about appropriate adjustments and arrangements for summative assessment.
Information about AARA, as well as the relevant forms for applying for AARA, can be found on the AcademicLife@Glennie Google site as well as on the QCAA website.
The due date for submissions for ongoing and long-term conditions is the end of Term 1, 2020. However, schools have been encouraged to talk with parents and students regarding early applications to ensure timely decisions and confidence for students as they begin Units 3 and 4.
Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Dean of Teaching and Learning