Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments - AARA
Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA) are provided to minimise, as much as possible, barriers for students whose disability, impairment, medical condition or other circumstances may affect their ability to access or participate in assessment.
Students may also be eligible for AARA where illness and misadventure (i.e. unforeseen circumstances) or other situations may prevent them from demonstrating their learning, knowledge and skill in internal and/or external summative assessment. At Tullawong State High School therefore AARA's are divided into 'AARA Special Provision' and 'AARA Extension'.
Students are NOT eligible for AARA on the following grounds:
- Unfamiliarity with the English language.
- Teacher absence or other teacher-related difficulties.
- Matters that the student could have avoided (e.g. misreading an exam timetable, misreading instructions in exams).
- Matters of the student's or parent's own choosing (e.g. family holidays)
AARA applications on medical grounds must align with the recommendations of a medical practitioner.
AARA - Extension
An extension of the final due date of an assessment item is a form of AARA (Access Arrangement and Reasonable Adjustment), in the category of 'illness or misadventure'. Extensions are for unforeseen circumstances or events that occur close to the due date. Extensions are not available for known events (for example, sporting competitions, religious activities/reasons, holidays). In these cases, the student should negotiate to submit their work before the due date.
Reference: Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
Part A: Information for Parents/Caregivers/Students
- Tullawong State High School AARA application form.
- Evidence to support the application.
- Applications on medical grounds, must include the 'Confidential Medical Report' Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), unless the student has a current Education Adjustment Program (EAP) verification. Applications for non-medical circumstances or misadventure, must include documentary evidence that the circumstances were unforeseen and unavoidable. Examples may include a police report, court notice or funeral notice of immediate family member.
- Applications may also include a student statement about the impact of their medical condition or disability on their ability to complete assessment. For further information, see the AARA Frequently Asked Questions (below), or email email@example.com
Forms and documents: