VCAA’s Welcome, Cowardly Redactions

It’s difficult get a handle on VCAA these days, which seems to be suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder. There are some indications of significant and positive change but there also signs of businessing as usual. To be clear, the MPD is a dramatic improvement over VCAA’s previous decades of unceasing sociopathy and narcissism. But it […]

VCAA’s Mathematical Flea Circus, Part Two

Yesterday’s post was on the 2023 Methods Exam 1 report (Word, idiots), its foggy focus on trivia and also on the ludicrous non-solution of one particular question. Now, it’s on to Exam 2 Report (Word, idiots), which is what prompted these posts. Here are the Exam 2 General Comments in their entirety. I have commented […]

VCAA’s Mathematical Flea Circus, Part One

To people not involved in Mathematical Methods it is difficult to convey the awfulness of the subject. Even regular readers of this blog, who will be somewhat aware of our million or so posts, cannot properly appreciate Methods’ unrelenting shallowness and pedantry and clunkiness and CASiness. The subject, to the extent there is one, is […]

The Complex Roots of VCAA’s Defence

1. Introduction Sometimes VCAA is their own worst enemy. Well, no: we all know the identity of VCAA’s worst enemy. But on occasion VCAA places runner up. Maybe third. I’ve been pondering VCAA’s major 2022 errors, how they could have occurred and how VCAA could continue to defend the flawed questions for so long, against […]

VCAA’s Defence of the Indefensible 2022 Exam Questions

The most maddening aspect of VCAA is their steadfast refusal to admit error. Typically, VCAA simply will not engage and whatever nonsense they’ve written remains written. 2022 was different, however, in that Burkard and I badgered VCAA sufficiently for VCAA to decide to conduct an external review(s). As well, a mathematics teacher complained strongly enough […]

Did VCAA Misgrade the 2022 Exams and, if so, Why?

This will be my last VCAA post for a while. I’m sick of it all. And, anyway, it’s now a matter of waiting to see what the Minister and the newly acting CEO of VCAA will do. I think both of them have demonstrated some genuine interest in repairing the mathematics exams, and I think […]

VCAA’s Sweet Thursday

One of the five major errors from the 2022 VCE mathematics exams concerned a question on the mass distributions of cans filled with liquid. The stuff up was that VCAA didn’t declare which two of the three mentioned variables – Can, Liquid, Total – were to be assumed independent. Although it was 0% students’ responsibility […]