Feature Article - Tasmanian Certificate of Education
Feature article published in the Tasmanian Year Book, 1996 (cat. no. 1301.6)
The Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) has been developed after wide consultation in the community and all sectors of education in the State. After initial reservations by some employer representatives, the TCE now enjoys support from employers and from the University of Tasmania.
The TCE, which covers years 9 to 12, was introduced for Year 9 students in 1990 and was fully operational by the end of 1993. Years 9 and 10 are assessed internally, with standards moderated State-wide. Year 12 and some Year 11 subjects are assessed using a combination of internal and external assessments. In addition to satisfying subject-specific criteria, students are required to show achievement in a range of cross-curricular skills such as being able to work with others in a group situation, and using initiative.
The awards on the TCE are OA (outstanding achievement), HA (high achievement) and SA (satisfactory achievement). Students who complete a course of study without reaching a level of achievement which is deemed satisfactory will have this recorded on their certificate. In many schools, students keep a record of achievement for each year of their TCE. In these schools these records, together with evidence of other achievements, are included in a comprehensive portfolio or record of achievement, which students may use to assist entry into the workforce.