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AARA (Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments)

Let’s face it, exams and assessments can be hard and stressful for any student, but for some students, their disability or medical condition may make this more challenging. AARA are the access arrangements and adjustments that are put into place to assist a student when their disability or medical condition impact their ability to read, respond to or participate in assessments. 

Examples of AARA that may be put in place for exams include:

AARA is not about having someone explain the questions or simplify the wording of questions as we can only change the conditions under which the student completes the task but not the task itself.

Requirements to be eligible:

Although AARA for year 11 is a school decision, QCAA outlines that it needs to be based on a diagnosis (with appropriate reports or letters) and address the functional impact of the disability or medical condition.

In Year 12 (units 3 and 4), most AARA require an application be made to QCAA and cannot be implemented until the application is approved. The application consists of:-

Should you have any questions regarding AARA or would like to explore possible AARA for your student in Year 11 or 12, please email Sheryl Bergel (Learning Enrichment Coordinator Yr 10 – 12) [email protected]

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