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Computer-based examination trial 2017-2019

Computer-based examination trial 2011-2016

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) have successfully completed a six year trial from 2011 to 2016 of a Computer Based Examination (CBE) for VCE Mathematical Methods Examination 2, with corresponding final examinations 2013 – 2016. This trial involved a small number of schools and several hundred students to develop effective alignment between the use of technology in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, using the computer algebra system software Mathematica, from  Wolfram Research .

The VCAA has provided participating schools and teachers with comprehensive professional learning tools and resources using this software for implementation of Mathematical Methods Units 1 – 4 and preparatory work in the preceding year. Wolfram Research has supported the trial with access to the software, training, technical support and resource materials.

Expanded implementation of Mathematical Methods Computer-Based Examination (CBE) 2017-2019

At its July 2016 meeting the VCAA Board, in alignment with its strategic plan (pdf - 60.21kb) approved further expansion of the implementation of Computer-Based Examination 2 for Mathematical Methods 2017–2019, with a view to offering this as an option to all schools from 2020, subject to monitoring, analysis and evaluation of developments in technology and implementation.

Accessing Mathematica

One of the initiatives in the STEM in the Education State (VicSTEM ) Plan, launched by the Minister for Education in September 2016, is the provision by the Department of Education and Training (DET) of a suite of Wolfram Research Technologies, including Mathematica, to all Victorian secondary schools and students over the next three years. The sectors will provide notice to schools on how to access Mathematica as applicable.

For further information please contact Dr David Leigh-Lancaster, VCAA Mathematics Curriculum Manager, telephone (03) 9032 1690 or email leigh-lancaster.david.d@edumail.vic.gov.au