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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 3651..


Education-higher school certificate results

(Question No 1363)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 19 October 2006:

How did Higher School Certificate results of ACT-resident students compare to those of NSW-resident students during (a) 1970 to 1975 and (b) 2000 to 2005.

Mr Barr

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The Department of Education and Training is unable to access NSW Higher School Certificate results to make these comparisons, as the NSW Board of Studies holds the results under conditions of restricted access. The only results on record to allow such comparisons are for 1975, when 29,597 NSW school students obtained a mean aggregate score of 450.5 and standard deviation of 119.2, while 1,633 ACT school students obtained a mean aggregate score of 445.7 and standard deviation of 120.1.

Education-preschool enrolments

(Question No 1364)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 19 October 2006:

(1) Does the Department of Education and Training keep records of (a) preschool enrolment requests and (b) preschool enrolment requests which are rejected due to lack of capacity at the requested preschool;

(2) Does the Department of Education and Training track and record any subsequent preschool enrolment request(s) and enrolment(s) from those whose requests are rejected.

Mr Barr

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) (a)

Yes.

(1) (b)

Preschool requests are not rejected. All eligible children are offered a position at a preschool. Families of children who are unable to be placed in their first preference preschool are contacted and offered their second preference, or subsequent preschools in their region.

(2)

See 1 (b) above. All subsequent requests/enrolments are recorded.


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