There have long been problems with ATAR, but now the statistics are leading us to ask…Does ATAR matter?
Talk to most 17 or 18-year-old Australians at the moment and they will no doubt get around to the fact that ATAR is looming large in their lives. Truth be known, it’s probably been looming large for years. Add to that traditional pressure the influence of COVID-19 and lockdowns and we have uncertainty as well. Will kids who have been in lockdown be able to compete? Is it fair to put them through exams?
All this attention on ATAR is starting to show the system’s terminal problems, and those problems are starting to look like death blows. ATAR is dying…and that’s fine with many of us in education.