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Download letters, flyers (in various languages), newsletters and staff room posters for schools, principals, teachers and parents explaining the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy.

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What you need to know

What is the minimum standard?

From 2020, students in NSW must meet the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to be eligible for the HSC credential.
Learn more about the minimum standard

Why have a minimum standard?

Literacy and numeracy skills are the foundation for success in learning and in life.
Read about the benefits of the minimum standard.

How will students meet the minimum standard?

To meet the minimum standard students need to pass new online reading, writing and numeracy tests developed by NESA.
Learn more about the tests.

Multiple opportunities to meet the minimum standard 

Students master essential literacy and numeracy concepts at different times in their schooling.
Find out about the opportunities.

Pre-qualifying for the minimum standard

Band 8 achievement in Year 9 NAPLAN reading, writing and numeracy tests is NOT the HSC minimum standard.
Read more about pre-qualifying.

Preparing students to achieve the minimum standard

Quality teaching of the NSW curriculum is the best way to prepare students to achieve the standard.
Read more about preparing students.

Helping at risk students achieve the minimum standard

All schools have policies and processes for identifying students not meeting expected literacy and numeracy benchmarks and provide additional support for those students.
Find out more about further support that will be made available.


Some students may be exempt from meeting the minimum standard for award of the HSC.
Learn more about who may be exempt


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