The relevance of ATAR
Professor Peter Dawkins, Vice-Chancellor at Victoria University, spoke recently to the Education Review.
He provides some observations on the significance of ATAR scores and their relevance for longer-term success at University.
In May 2015, wrote about a report just completed on first-year, full-time student achievement at Victoria University. The major findings suggested:Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES), Victoria University
While on average students with higher ATARs achieved higher marks in first-year courses, many also achieved low marks. And, many low-ATAR students achieved high marks. This suggests that with proper, considered support programs in place, students with low ATARs can be successful in university studies.
- Education Review
- Article – ATAR found to be a poor predictor of how well students do at uni [The Conversation]
- Report – The Academic Performance of First Year Students at Victoria University by Entry Score and SES, 2009-2013 [PDF]
- Article – ATAR Scores are not the whole story – Sydney Morning Herald]