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ATAR’s days numbered, says new report

Earlier this year, a study from the Mitchell Institute found that just 26% of Australian students enter an undergraduate degree based on their ATAR, casting doubts as to the relevance of the system. Now a new report into school leavers’ transition into work or further study has recommended that the ATAR “cannot continue to dominate the education experience”, as the Australian education system adjusts to the longer-term effects of the COVID-19 crisis. One concern has been the impact that the high-stakes assessment is having on students’ mental health at a time when stress and anxiety are markedly high. Currently, one in four Australian students experience a significant mental health issue, and a recent Guardian Essential poll found that 53% of people surveyed are now very concerned about the threat of COVID-19 – a 14-point increase in only a week.