The Department of Education provides practical support, advice and information to assist schools to meet the learning needs of all students in Kindergarten to Year 12. Schools are able to access teaching, learning, assessment and reporting support to assist implementation of the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline (Outline) and the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), including the provision of appropriately challenging VET and ATAR pathways.
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (Authority) is responsible for school curriculum and assessment for students from Kindergarten to Year 12. It sets and records student achievement against standards and reports on those standards. The Authority has developed the Outline.
The Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline sets out the knowledge, understandings, skills, values and attitudes that students are expected to acquire, and guidelines for the assessment of student achievement. The Outline is for students from Kindergarten to Year 10 in all Western Australian schools.
The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is awarded to senior secondary school students who satisfy the requirements. Students are expected to achieve both breadth and depth in their study by selecting a range of WACE courses that cater for their interests and align to the requirements. They are expected to reach specified achievement standards and, in addition, to demonstrate literacy and numeracy competence.