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Opportunity classes – Year 5

Applying for placement in an opportunity class in Year 5

Updates

Find out about key dates in the placement process for Year 5 entry in 2020.

The High Performing Students Team no longer has a fax number. If you sent a fax to us during October, we would not have received it. Please resend it by email to ssu@det.nsw.edu.au.

Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2020

Reserve lists

Second round offers are now being offered for Year 5 placement in an opportunity class in 2020. You can now view the progress of the reserve list. Go to reserve lists.

Placement outcomes

Placement outcomes were sent on 11 October 2019. For more information about placement outcomes go to the Outcome information page. See, below, frequently asked questions about outcomes.

Appeals

Appeals were to be submitted to the school principal by Friday 25 October 2019. It is now too late to lodge an appeal.

If you do not find the information you need on this site, please email your enquiry to the Team rather than phoning. It will be attended to as soon as possible.

Make a decision about accepting the offer and return the completed response form by the due date. Your response form will be processed and acknowledged within 21 days. Read the Outcome information bulletin attached to your placement outcome information. You can decline the offer later if you change your mind.

There is no guarantee that students on reserve lists will receive an offer and vacancies after the first round of offers are very unpredictable.

Students on a reserve list are allocated a reserve list number that does not change.

When an applicant declines an offer of placement, the next student from the reserve list is offered the place.

In some cases, such as a result of a successful appeal, two students can be placed at the same reserve list number. When this happens the student with the higher score will be made the first offer. The Team begins making offers for students on reserve lists in early November.

The reserve list is active for all of Year 5 and Term 1 of Year 6.

Unsuccessful means the score is not high enough for the student to be on a reserve list. Please do not contact the Team to request your child be added to a reserve list as this is not possible. Entry scores from previous years cannot tell you whether your child should have got an offer for next year.

For entry in 2020, placement outcome information was sent to most applicants by email on 11 October 2019. Please check your email spam/junk folder before contacting the Team.

If you chose to receive mail only, the placement outcome information was posted on 11 October 2019. Mailed placement outcome information will take longer depending on your postal service.

We cannot send the outcome by email if it has already been sent by mail. If you have not received the email or mail by 18 July you can email the Team. If you want to change from mail only to email, send an email to the Team. The request will be processed after 18 October 2019.

Some applications are on hold for further processing and the outcome will be sent as soon as possible.

You cannot change school choices when you find that your child was unsuccessful but could have qualified for a different school or the transport arrangements are not practical. School choices cannot be changed after the release of placement outcomes except in strong extenuating circumstances. Any request must be accompanied by documentary evidence and must be approved by the Team Leader and the school. If a change is approved, the student may be placed on a reserve list for another school with no guarantee of a place becoming available.

Read the information on the Outcomes section of the website about marking and in the Selection process section about calculation of scores.

You cannot use the raw scores to recalculate a placement score because of the moderation and scaling process used to calculate the placement score.

Check the Appeals page for information about appealing the outcome if you have valid grounds and documentary evidence.

If you are questioning the school assessment scores, you need to consult the school principal to ensure the scores are correct.

While the Team can check test responses and scores, remarking of the test is not possible. The answer sheets are scanned by two independent scanning contractors and the results reconciled.

The tests are very challenging in order to spread out the high achieving students. Your child might not achieve as well as usual when compared with other high performing students state-wide.

Review of Selective Education Access

In December 2018, the NSW Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, announced the findings of the Review of Selective Education Access. For more information, see Review of Selective Education Access: Findings and Action Plan.

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