This article explains the main differences between VELS and AusVELS reporting. It also clarifies some frequently asked questions.
New Domains and Dimensions.
With the change in curriculum from VELS to Australian Curriculum, new domains (or subjects) are being introduced over the next three years. Some of the domains have the same names and dimensions (now called strands), whereas other domain and strand names have changed. There is no direct translation between the old domains and the new domains, even if they have the same name.
The four domains assessed and reported on in 2013 using the Australian Curriculum are English, Mathematics, Science and The Humanities - History.
2014 introduces no new domains.
2015 introduces the rest of the domains.
New Marking Schemes
VELS used a progression point system of 0.00 - 6.75, generally in 0.25 intervals.
AusVELS reporting for both AusVELS domains and the remaining VELS domains uses a 0.00 - 11.50 progression point scale, generally in 0.50 intervals.
Click here for a document showing the translation between the old and new progression points.
Click here for the new rating algorithm, showing AusVELS progression points with their ratings for each year level in semesters 1 and 2.
New Minimum Score
While it is only mandated that Science and The Humanities - History are reported on from year 3 onwards, it now possible to assess students earlier if you wish. All AusVELS domains will have the full range of progression points available for use (ie 0.00 - 11.50). The remaining VELS domains will still have their different starting values, eg The Arts - Exploring and Responding starts at progression point 2.00. This will affect the ratings assigned to students where the lowest possible score is given, as it did under VELS. Whenever the lowest possible score is given, a D rating will be assigned to the student, regardless of its usual rating. This will vary based on the domain as the lowest possible score varies from domain to domain. This situation will not occur for AusVELS domains, except where 0.00 is assigned in semester 1 for prep students.
Click here for a table of all current domains and dimensions/strands under AusVELS, together with their minimum and maximum values.
12 month and 6 month prior scores
In the first semester in which a domain is introduced to the Australian curriculum by DEECD, no prior scores will appear on reports. This is because the particular domains have not been taught previously via the Australian Curriculum, even if they have the same name as a VELS domain, eg English and Mathematics have the same names, but are now being taught in accordance with the Australian Curriculum and not the Victorian Essential Learning Standards.
In the second semester in which the domain is reported, prior scores from six months ago, ie the previous semester, will appear on reports. Thereafter, the domain will revert to 12 month prior scores.
Domains still being assessed under VELS will continue to display 12 month prior scores.
Click here for a table outlining the domains and the timetable for their 6 and 12 month prior scores.
ESL or EAL
English as a Second Language reports will now be called English as an Additional Language. This is the only change to the ESL reports. They will still be assessed using the A, B or S stages and will assess the areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. As EAL is not actually part of AusVELS, they are not using the AusVELS English dimension of Reading and Viewing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I still assess a domain as a VELS domain, if it has become an AusVELS domain?
No. Once a domain is moved to Australian Curriculum, schools cannot choose to still assess on the VELS version of the domain and dimensions.
What is different in terms of how I setup Quick Vic Reporting?
The process you use to setup reports is still the same as for Quick Vic reporting. The main visible difference is in the names used for the new domains and EAL. The same method is used to create the reports in the Quick Setup window. Updated training manuals are available on the website, however, if required.
Our school is engaged in industrial action. Can we simply not update the software and keep doing VELS reports?
No. As Quick Vic Reporting is government supplied software, with a set life, the licence for the old version of the program has expired. You will not be able to run the old version of Quick Vic Reporting this year to create a 2013 database.
Does this mean we can't reprint old reports?
No. You can still reprint old reports from previous years via the new 2013 version of the software.
I have never used Quick Vic Reporting before - how can I be trained?
What are the changes from the VELS curriculum to the Australian Curriculum?