13 AUGUST 2018
The Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), Victoria’s independent regulator of the teaching profession, will investigate the extent to which higher education institutions providing initial teacher education, are complying with the Victorian Selection Framework (VSF) for students entering initial teacher education programs.
It is concerning that recently released data appears to be significantly different from data provided by higher education institutions to VIT as part of its June VSF compliance audit.
The investigation will examine whether released ATAR data has been appropriately adjusted for equity considerations under the Commonwealth approved Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS).
VIT will also examine how pathways courses provide an equivalence with VSF entry requirements to ensure that no institution is bypassing the VSF reforms.
VIT is committed to ensuring that only initial teacher education programs that comply with the VSF continue to be accredited. Non-compliance with the obligations may jeopardise a higher education institution’s accreditation.
The VSF was announced by the Minister for Education, the Hon James Merlino and agreed by Vice Chancellors of universities in May 2017. The VSF applies to all 2018 applicants for initial teacher education programs.
The VSF introduced a mandatory minimum adjusted Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) score of 65 and assessment of other non-academic attributes for all 2018 entrants into initial teacher education programs. The minimum ATAR requirement will increase to 70 for 2019 student intakes.
VIT will release the findings of its investigation on its website (www.vit.vic.edu.au).