THE General Achievement Test (GAT) for year 12 students has been rescheduled to keep Victorian students, teachers and broader school communities safe from coronavirus.

With ongoing community transmissions across metropolitan Melbourne, the Department of Health’s public health team has recommended the GAT be rescheduled to reduce the risk of further outbreaks with large cohorts of students taking the test together.

“Victorian students have done an amazing job adapting to another year of disruptions – but we can’t risk another outbreak in a school, so we’re rescheduling the GAT to keep every school community across Victoria safe,” said Minister for Education James Merlino.

A new date will be determined in the coming days to give schools and students certainty that the rescheduled test will be safe to go ahead.

Students who are in quarantine on the rescheduled date as positive coronavirus cases or primary close contacts, as well as schools deemed exposure sites, will receive an exemption from the GAT.

These students will not be disadvantaged, and their results will be considered with the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage process.

“Whether it’s special consideration for every student in Year 12, or extra mental health and tutoring support in schools, we want any student who is struggling to know that we’re here to support them all the way,” said Mr Merlino.

The Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) will support schools in the coming weeks to make appropriate COVIDSafe plans to hold the GAT.