Katrina Beams Appointed As Executive Officer For TASC

Katrina Beams Appointed As Executive Officer For TASC

Tasmania Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff

TASC Appoints New Executive Officer

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff today announced the appointment of Katrina Beams to the position of Executive Officer for the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC).

Ms. Beams has an extensive background across education, teaching and leadership, with broad experience with both the government and non-government education sectors.

Over the past 32 years, Ms. Beams has worked across a number of schools in Tasmania, teaching from Kindergarten right through to Years 11 and 12.

Ms. Beams has held senior leadership roles within the Department of Education for the past decade, including most recently as Director of Education Performance Services.

TASC replaced the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority (TQA) in mid-2015, and was a result of collaboration across Tasmania’s education sectors with the support of the Catholic Education Office, Independent Schools Tasmania and the Department of Education.

It maintains independent regulation of assessment and certification, and provides clarity in the areas of curriculum and data management.

This new approach helps to ensure greater stakeholder engagement, improved standards, and openness and transparency.

Continuous improvement initiatives currently underway by the Office include:

  • Review and upgrade of all IT systems, infrastructure and business processes to migrate TASC applications to a modern platform that provides a robust foundation to support TASC operations
  • Online ICT tick test to be trialled across Government, Catholic and Independent selected schools in September which will provide easy access to the safety net test for students
  • Communications framework which cultivates collaborative and open communications with stakeholders
  • Continuation data for Year 10 students for the first time which tracks their engagement with the school system regardless of their enrolment location
  • Development of a rigorous and transparent accreditation framework informed by the Years 9-12 Review of Curriculum which has input from stakeholders across senior secondary, VET and higher education and meets Tasmanian and Australian standards.