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Stage 6 assessment

Assessment is an essential component of the teaching and learning cycle. The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) continues to promote a standards-referenced approach to assessing and reporting student achievement. Assessment for, assessment as and assessment of learning are approaches that enable teachers to gather evidence and make judgements about student achievement. These are not necessarily discrete approaches and may be used individually or together and formally or informally.

School-based assessment requirements for all Stage 6 Board Developed Courses (excluding VET, Life Skills and Content Endorsed Courses) are changing for Year 11 in 2018 and Year 12 from Term 4, 2018.

New requirements for school-based assessment for the new Stage 6 English, Mathematics, Science and History courses are available on each syllabus page on the NSW Syllabuses site.

The new school-based assessment requirements include a cap on the number of assessments, providing more opportunities for teaching and learning and reducing excessive student stress. Processes for monitoring student work will be reviewed to provide greater security of authorship. 

Consultation on school-based assessment

During Term 1 2017, NESA commenced review of school-based assessment components and weightings for Stage 6 Board Developed Courses.

Consultation on Stage 6 draft components and weightings for Stage 6 courses in Creative Arts, HSIE, Languages, PDHPE and Technology was conducted from Monday 13 March 2017 to Sunday 9 April 2017.

Due to the decision to postpone the implementation of the new calculus-based mathematics syllabuses, NESA’s new school-based assessment requirements for all Stage 6 courses from 2018 will now relate to the current mathematics syllabuses. Consultation to review the existing components and weightings for Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2 will commence on Monday 15 May and close Sunday 4 June.

New assessment and reporting materials and sample assessment schedules for Year 11 and Year 12 courses will be published in July 2017. Implementation of new school-based assessment requirements will begin with Year 11 from 2018.

Examination specifications for English, Mathematics Standard, Science and History 

Draft HSC Examination Specifications for the new Stage 6 English, Mathematics Standard, Science and History syllabuses are now available for consultation.

The final HSC Examination Specifications will be published during Term 3, 2017 with materials including sample examination questions, sample answers, marking guidelines and Performance Band Descriptions.

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