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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 4 Hansard (26 March) . . Page.. 1500..


(3) As the aberrant score policy (as defined in section 5.4.3.1.2 of the BSSS Policy and Procedures Manual) was introduced in 2006, the information is not available for the 2003, 2004, 2005 graduating cohorts.

(4) (a) & (b)

The information can be determined from Table 9.1 in the Year 12 Study for 2003, 2004 and 2005 and Table 9.1a in the Year 12 Study for 2006, 2007, 2008, in the row titled 'All Colleges'.

(5) The information can be determined from the data in Table 9.1 in the Year 12 Study for 2003, 2004 and 2005 and Table 9.1a in the Year 12 Study for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

(6) The process used to scale between and within colleges in the ACT is the Other Course Score (OCS) method, which is based on the average of results from a student's best 3.6 courses and 0.21 from the student's AST results provided the student's AST result is not aberrant. If the student's AST result is fully aberrant then the process used to scale subjects uses the average of the results from a student's best 3.6 courses. This is termed the scaling score for each student. However, not all subjects are scaled separately. Where a small number of students are undertaking courses in a college, related courses may be combined for scaling purposes. Furthermore, Small Group Procedures are used for scaling groups of 10 or fewer students.

(7) The purpose of the ACT Scaling Test (AST) is to scale scores in T (designed to prepare students for higher education) courses for the purpose of calculating a Universities Admission Index (UAI) for university selection. As such the test is designed to measure a range of skills relevant to study at university and to success in T courses in colleges. The AST contains items from a range of academic areas, including mathematics, English, sciences, humanities and social sciences. The test also includes a written task. The ACT senior secondary system offers a broad range of subjects to cater for the interests, abilities and pathways of students. In 2008, T courses in about 80 different subject areas were completed by students.

(8) No. The OCS method has been developed to validly scale results within the ACT framework of school based curriculum and continuous assessment over years 11 and 12. It is not valid to combine results from different scaling systems to produce a UAI.

ACTION bus service—Nightrider passengers

(Question No 54)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 12 February 2009:

(1) What is the operating cost of the ACTION Nightrider bus services for (a) Friday, 12 December 2008, (b) Saturday, 13 December 2008, (c) Friday, 19 December 2008, (d) Saturday, 20 December 2008 and the (e) New Year's Eve Nightrider service.

(2) What is the breakdown in passenger numbers for the Nightrider bus services by (a) individual day, (b) route and (c) service time.

(3) What is the operating cost of ACTION Christmas Day services.

(4) What is the breakdown of passenger numbers for the ACTION Christmas Day service by (a) route and (b) service time.


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