Is there evidence that the VCE Study Scores have favoured females more than males, especially in STEM subjects?

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Michelle Beauregard

Dear Victorian Department of Education and Training,

Is there evidence that the VCE Study Scores have favoured females more than males, especially in STEM subjects?
This has been a contentious topic across all Victorian schools due to the assumption that the partial increase of females' study scores are to encourage more females to enrol in STEM courses in university and/or TAFE.

Yours faithfully,

Michelle Beauregard

FOI Unit, Victorian Department of Education and Training

Dear Ms Beauregard,

I write in reference to your below enquiry.

At the outset, I should explain that the role of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Unit for the Department of Education and Training (the Department) is to receive and process requests made under the FOI Act on behalf of the Secretary of the Department and to provide responses to those requests in terms of the provision of documents. This does not extend to the provision of information, conducting research on your behalf or the answering of questions.

However, based on the overall subject matter you are enquiring about, the FOI Unit believes you may be better served directing your enquiries to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

The VCAA can be contacted at -

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
Level 7, 2 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VICTORIA 3000
Australia

tel: +61 3 9032 1700 or 1800 134 197
email: [email address]

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Unit
Department of Education and Training
2 Treasury Place, East Melbourne VIC 3002

T: 03 9084 8849
E: [Victorian Department of Education and Training request email]
W: www.education.vic.gov.au

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Asher Hirsch left an annotation ()

I agree - you should FOI VCAA, which you can do on the Right to Know website.

I would re-word your request to be more specific, and ask for an existing document.

Eg:

"Under the FOI Act, I request documents which discuss, or consider, a policy to increase females' study scores in order to encourage more females to enrol in STEM courses (whether or not such a policy exists)."