Opportunity Class Test rescheduled to November

The Opportunity Class Placement Test for entry in 2021 has been rescheduled to November to give schools time to comply with the latest NSW Health advice.

21 August 2020
Year 6 students and their teacher working on a robotics kit.
Image: Opportunity Classes provide opportunities to maximise students' potential.

The Opportunity Class Placement Test for entry in 2021 has been rescheduled to November to give schools time to comply with the latest NSW Health advice to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

NSW Education’s Acting Deputy Secretary School Performance Cathy Brennan said the test will now take place at the student’s own school rather than in examination centres where physical distancing will be more difficult.

“We acknowledge the challenges faced by students during the pandemic response but their safety is our number one priority and we must strictly follow any updated health guidelines,” Ms Brennan said.

“Under the health advice, mixing students from many schools into test centres across NSW is not permitted which means that, for government school students, tests will be administered in the students’ own school and high schools won’t be used as test centres this year.”

There will be reasonable adjustments made for students with disability.

Only students whose parents have received a confirmation email from the High Performing Students Team are eligible to sit the test on the new date of 18 November. The application portal will not be re-opened for new applications.

Ms Brennan said placement in an opportunity class will be based solely on the results of the test to ensure the fair and consistent assessment of students across all NSW schools and regions.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for helping us deliver this important program for our high potential students in Year 4. Over 14,000 applications have been received for opportunity class placements for Year 5 in 2021.

“We are committed to the continued education of all students across NSW, including advanced learning programs for high potential and gifted students. We will ensure Year 5 students are placed in opportunity classes in 2021 with minimal disruption to schools and families,” she said.

Testing arrangements for non-government school students will be announced as soon as possible.

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