Assessment is an integral part of schooling and is used to inform teaching and learning programs. Formal assessment includes:
- Best Start – a mandatory, one-to-one assessment that identifies a student's literacy and numeracy skills at the beginning of Kindergarten.
- National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) – reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and numeracy tests for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Tests are held in May each year. Results and student reports are released in August.
- Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development (VALID) – online diagnostic science assessments for students in Years 6, 8 and 10.
- The Record of School Achievement (RoSA) is awarded to eligible students who leave school before completing their Higher School Certificate. The RoSA records a student's Stage 5 and Preliminary courses and grades.
- The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is an internationally recognised qualification awarded to students who successfully complete Years 11 and 12 in NSW.
Some students may elect to sit the opportunity class or selective high school placement tests. For more information, visit selective high schools and opportunity classes.