One of my favourite recent quotes of 2016 was "The ATAR has a shelf life of 2 weeks", as it is only used for that small window at the end of each year, to get into particular (high demand) courses at University.
Since I heard this quote a report reviewing the ATAR came out. One quote from an article about the report stated that only "31 per cent of students enter higher education on the basis of Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATAR)
So, 70% of students (and their parents) stressed of the ATAR for no good reason?
Finally, does this number measure how prepared students are for life or work after the HSC? I would love to know how many employers ask in job interviews "What ATAR did you get? I only employ people with a high ATAR?"
If not the ATAR, how should we measure student development in their 13 years of education? AND what should we measure? A mark in an exam, or the entrepreneurial skills required for future employment?