Strand B - Requirement 3

4.7 Secondary schools, evidence relating to the quality of student learning

The ACE website and NESA official notices show requirements, rules and procedures for the Record of School Achievement and for the Higher School Certificate (HSC). Schools must refer to these rules and procedures for the HSC credential.

See Registration Process for the NSW Government Schooling System Manual.

From 2020, students will be required to show a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to receive the Higher School Certificate (HSC). To meet the HSC minimum standard students will need to:

  • pass the online writing test or have achieved Band 8 or above in writing in Year 9 NAPLAN in 2017
  • pass the online reading test or have achieved Band 8 or above in reading in Year 9 NAPLAN in 2017
  • pass the online numeracy test or have achieved Band 8 or above in numeracy in Year 9 NAPLAN in 2017.

Advice for principals

This requirement has two parts. Firstly, schools are asked to provide documentation to demonstrate:

  • records of student learning progress over time in English and mathematics
  • records of the school’s analysis of student achievement data in English and mathematics to inform teaching and learning.

In the second part, the school must show how these records are used to monitor student’s eligibility for the HSC, in particular, supporting students to achieve the HSC minimum standard of literacy and numeracy.

Please note that students who complete the HSC in 2019 do not need to meet the HSC minimum standard or pass the online tests to receive the HSC.

Evidence to provide at the random inspection

The following questions will help schools to collate evidence:

  • What systems does the school use to analyse student achievement data in English and mathematics to inform teaching and learning?
  • How is this data used to inform teaching and learning?
  • How does the school track students’ eligibility for the HSC?
  • How is this data used to support students’ to achieve the HSC minimum standard of literacy and numeracy?

Department policy, procedures and resources and NESA advice

These policies should be used in conjunction with all NESA syllabuses:

Also see the following articles in SchoolBiz (staff only):

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