Secondary assessment

"Assessment is most effective when it is an integral part of teaching and learning programs" What works best: 2020 update

Overview

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) provides coronavirus advice. Refer to the ACE manual for changes to the RoSA and HSC rules and requirements for 2021.

Teachers are best placed to make decisions about the sequence and emphasis to be given to particular areas of content, and any adjustments required based on the needs, interests, abilities and contexts of their students.

In planning units of work, teachers consider the following guiding questions to integrate assessment in their teaching and learning.

  • What are your students going to learn?
  • How are they going to learn it?
  • How are you going to know that they learned it?

NESA’s advice on assessment is a useful overview of assessment in the classroom. It outlines key principles of effective assessment and provides detail about the three main approaches to assessment: assessment for, as and of learning.

Resources designed for learning from home may also be adapted for in-class learning. Quality units of work, sample programs and integrated assessment tasks are available for all learning areas 7-12.

Learning area specific advice and resources

NESA provides coronavirus advice on changes to Year 11 and 12, including the HSC, and K to 10 curriculum requirements. These decisions aim to protect the health and safety of students, parents and teachers and may affect practical and performance examinations and the body of work in the creative arts.

NESA has announced changes to the 2021 HSC examinations, including the 2021 HSC important dates for practical and performance examinations. Revised timetables for the written exams have been published on the NESA website.

NESA has given principals the flexibility to decide the number, type, and weighting of school based assessments for Year 11 and Year 12 students in 2021. School-based assessment should continue to be informed by the components identified in the assessment and reporting documents for each of the syllabuses.

The creative arts statewide staffroom continues to support teachers in learning from home and at school.

The creative arts curriculum page provides a repository of teaching and learning resources to support teachers of dance, drama, music and the visual arts.

NESA provides coronavirus advice on changes to Year 11 and 12, including the HSC, and K to 10 curriculum requirements. These decisions aim to protect the health and safety of students, parents and teachers and may affect the requirements for the English Extension 2 Major Work.

NESA has announced changes to the 2021 HSC examinations, including the 2021 HSC important dates for practical and performance examinations. Revised timetables for the written exams have been published on the NESA website.

NESA has given principals the flexibility to decide the number, type, and weighting of school based assessments for Year 11 and Year 12 students in 2021. School-based assessment should continue to be informed by the components identified in the assessment and reporting documents for each of the syllabuses.

The English statewide staffroom continues to support teachers in learning from home and at school.

The English curriculum page provides a repository of teaching and learning resources to support teachers.

NESA provides coronavirus advice on changes to Year 11 and 12, including the HSC, and K to 10 curriculum requirements. These decisions aim to protect the health and safety of students, parents and teachers. The Society and Culture Personal Interest Project will continue to be externally marked.

NESA has announced changes to the 2021 HSC examinations, including the 2021 HSC important dates for practical and performance examinations. Revised timetables for the written exams have been published on the NESA website.

NESA has given principals the flexibility to decide the number, type, and weighting of school based assessments for Year 11 and Year 12 students in 2021. School-based assessment should continue to be informed by the components identified in the assessment and reporting documents for each of the syllabuses.

The HSIE statewide staffroom continues to support teachers in learning from home and at school.

The HSIE curriculum page provides a repository of teaching and learning resources to support teachers.

NESA provides coronavirus advice on changes to Year 11 and 12, including the HSC, and K to 10 curriculum requirements. These decisions aim to protect the health and safety of students, parents and teachers.

NESA has announced changes to the 2021 HSC examinations, including the HSC languages oral examination timetable. Revised timetables for the written exams have been published on the NESA website.

NESA has given principals the flexibility to decide the number, type, and weighting of school based assessments for Year 11 and Year 12 students in 2021. School-based assessment should continue to be informed by the components identified in the assessment and reporting documents for each of the syllabuses.

The Languages statewide staffroom continues to support teachers in learning from home and at school.

The Languages curriculum page provides a repository of teaching and learning resources to support teachers.

NESA provides coronavirus advice on changes to Year 11 and 12, including the HSC, and K to 10 curriculum requirements. These decisions aim to protect the health and safety of students, parents and teachers.

NESA has announced changes to the 2021 HSC examinations. Revised timetables for the written exams have been published on the NESA website.

NESA has given principals the flexibility to decide the number, type, and weighting of school based assessments for Year 11 and Year 12 students in 2021. School-based assessment should continue to be informed by the components identified in the assessment and reporting documents for each of the syllabuses.

The Mathematics statewide staffroom continues to support teachers in learning from home and at school.

The Mathematics curriculum page provides a repository of teaching and learning resources to support teachers.

NESA provides coronavirus advice on changes to Year 11 and 12, including the HSC, and K to 10 curriculum requirements. These decisions aim to protect the health and safety of students, parents and teachers.

NESA has announced changes to the 2021 HSC examinations. Revised timetables for the written exams have been published on the NESA website.

NESA has given principals the flexibility to decide the number, type, and weighting of school based assessments for Year 11 and Year 12 students in 2021. School-based assessment should continue to be informed by the components identified in the assessment and reporting documents for each of the syllabuses.

The PDHPE statewide staffroom continues to support teachers in learning from home and at school.

The PDHPE curriculum page provides a repository of teaching and learning resources to support teachers.

NESA provides coronavirus advice on changes to Year 11 and 12, including the HSC, and K to 10 curriculum requirements. These decisions aim to protect the health and safety of students, parents and teachers.

NESA has announced changes to the 2021 HSC examinations, including the 2021 HSC important dates for practical and performance examinations. Revised timetables for the written exams have been published on the NESA website.

NESA has given principals the flexibility to decide the number, type, and weighting of school based assessments for Year 11 and Year 12 students in 2021. This includes making determinations about all mandated tasks that are assessed internally in science (Science Extension and depth studies in Investigating Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Environmental Science).

School-based assessment should continue to be informed by the components identified in the assessment and reporting documents for each of the syllabuses.

The Science statewide staffroom continues to support teachers in learning from home and at school.

The Science curriculum page provides a repository of teaching and learning resources to support teachers.

VALID quick quizzes can evaluate student learning quickly and provide feedback to students. They also serve as a diagnostic tool for teachers.

STEM curriculum models can vary in secondary schools. Assessment in STEM curriculum programs in schools should follow NESA advice given for Science, TAS and Mathematics as appropriate.

The STEM secondary statewide staffroom continues to support teachers in learning from home and at school.

The STEM curriculum page provides a repository of teaching and learning resources to support teachers.

NESA provides coronavirus advice on changes to Year 11 and 12, including the HSC, and K to 10 curriculum requirements. These decisions aim to protect the health and safety of students, parents and teachers and may affect HSC projects in the Technologies.

NESA has announced changes to the 2021 HSC examinations, including the 2021 HSC important dates for practical and performance examinations. Revised timetables for the written exams have been published on the NESA website.

NESA has given principals the flexibility to decide the number, type, and weighting of school based assessments for Year 11 and Year 12 students in 2021. School-based assessment should continue to be informed by the components identified in the assessment and reporting documents for each of the syllabuses.

The TAS statewide staffroom continues to support teachers in learning from home and at school.

The TAS curriculum page provides a repository of teaching and learning resources to support teachers.

For students learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) teachers should consider the following guiding questions to integrate assessment in their teaching and learning:

  • Has information about what is to be assessed been communicated to students in a variety of ways including written, spoken, visual and home language, which can support students to understand the purpose for learning? The Henry Parkes Equity Resource Centre has a range of bilingual resources, including bilingual dictionaries and picture dictionaries, which can support students understanding.
  • Has information been explicitly explained to students about how both content knowledge and English language structures, features and social purpose will be assessed? The ESL Scales provides information for teachers about English language structures and features.

English language proficiency should continue to be assessed using the EAL/D learning progression through engagement with the syllabus and in collaboration with class teachers.

The EAL/D statewide staffroom continues to support teachers of EAL/D students.

The EAL/D School Evaluation Framework (PDF 392KB) provides information to support schools with EAL/D students to improve practices about planning, assessment and reporting.

Literacy and numeracy assessments

There are a range of literacy and numeracy assessment tools to assist secondary teachers in identifying what students can do and determine priorities for next steps in learning.

Visit the Literacy and numeracy assessment resources pages for more information.

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