All Saints’ College is the only West Australian school selected to work with the University of Melbourne (UoM) as a research partner in UoM’s New Metrics for Success project, which seeks to align the learning ambitions of 36 of Australia’s ‘first-mover’ schools with metrics used to measure success.
ASC is a leader in Australia in this space: our ‘ATAR Plus’ approach sees students graduating with outstanding academic success, while also developing complex competencies through the breadth of their experiences – both within the classroom, through innovative programs and pedagogies, and through our many cocurricular, service and off-campus experiences.
It is said, “we measure what we value and value what we measure”, and the New Metrics program aims to develop robust measures of those complex competencies often referred to as ‘soft skills’, 21st century skills or enterprise skills: critical and creative thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, resilience, and perseverance or character. A central competency underpinning these important capabilities is learner agency: knowing what to learn, how to learn and from whom to learn – nurturing lifelong learners who can thrive in the ever-changing world.
The project is divided into two phases – firstly, trialling tools that enable the assessment of complex competencies and, secondly, the development and assessment of competencies.
This project seeks to further the development of warranted learner profiles for Australian students: UoM has been supporting the development of learner profiles as a supplement to, or a replacement for, traditional warranting systems such as ATAR and grades.