Understanding the curriculum
- NSW Curriculum Syllabuses
- Syllabus A-Z
- Curriculum development
- Stage 6 (11–12) syllabus development
- Stage 6 (11–12) assessment
- Syllabus development process
- University Developed Board Endorsed Courses
- School Developed Board Endorsed Courses
- Awarding grades
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.
Changes to school-based assessment requirements
School-based assessment requirements for all Stage 6 Board Developed Courses (excluding VET, Life Skills and Content Endorsed Courses) are changing.
New requirements for all Stage 6 courses include:
- mandatory components and weightings for both Year 11 and Year 12 courses
- capping the maximum number of formal assessment tasks to three in Year 11 and four in Year 12
- capping the number of formal written examination tasks that mimic the HSC examination to one per course, with a maximum weighting of 30% for the Year 12 course.
A formal written examination is defined as a task such as a half yearly, yearly or trial HSC examination. It is undertaken individually, under supervised examination conditions and includes one or more unseen questions or items. A formal written examination is used to gather evidence about student achievement of a range of syllabus outcomes, at a point in time. A formal written examination typically draws from most or all content areas, topics or modules.
Class or cohort tests that include content from a small number of content areas, topics or modules will continue to be relevant and appropriate methods of formal assessment in Stage 6. These types of tasks would not be considered as formal written examinations.
The new requirements for school-based assessment for the new Stage 6 English, Mathematics Standard, Science and History courses are available with each syllabus.
New school-based assessment requirements will also apply for the current Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 courses, and for current courses in the Creative Arts, HSIE, Languages, PDHPE and Technologies key learning areas. Consultation on proposed components and weightings and mandatory assessment tasks for these courses was conducted through online surveys and written submissions from April to June 2017.
The review of school-based assessment requirements does not involve amendments to the current syllabuses or impact on current course HSC Examination Specifications.
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 for all Stage 6 Board Developed Courses (excluding Life Skills, VET and Content Endorsed Courses) will begin with Year 11 from 2018 and continue in 2019 with Year 12.
Examination specifications for English, Mathematics Standard, Science and History
Consultation on the draft HSC Examination Specifications for the new Stage 6 English, Mathematics Standard, Science and History courses occurred from May to June 2017.
The final HSC Examination Specifications will be published during Term 3, 2017 with materials including sample examination questions, sample answers, sample marking guidelines and revised performance band descriptions. New Stage 6 English, Mathematics Standard, Science and History courses will be examined for the first time in 2019.
Consultation on draft HSC Examination Specifications for Science Extension, Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 will occur following the release of the new syllabuses.