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Consultation on Mathematics School-based Assessment

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is reviewing current Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 school-based assessment requirements. This follows the NESA Board’s decision to postpone the implementation of the new calculus-based Mathematics syllabuses.

The review is being undertaken to provide a consistent approach to school-based assessment. The changes to school-based assessment requirements align with the assessment changes for all Stage 6 Board Developed Courses, excluding VET, CEC and Life Skills courses.

There is no change to the new school-based assessment requirements released in February 2017 for the Mathematics Standard Stage 6 syllabus.

Consultation to review the existing components and weightings for Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2 commences Monday 15 May and closes Sunday 4 June 2017.

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 course topics.

Class tests that include content from a small number of topics will continue to be relevant and appropriate methods of formal assessment in Stage 6 Mathematics. These types of tasks would not be considered as formal written examinations.

The new assignment or investigation-style task introduced for the new Mathematics Standard course will not be a requirement for the current Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 courses. Teachers may choose to implement this type of task in their formal assessment program at their discretion.

Changes relate to school-based assessment requirements only. There is no change to the HSC Examination Specifications or the HSC examinations for the current Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 or Mathematics Extension 2 courses.

The new school-based assessment requirements for all Stage 6 Mathematics courses will begin with Year 11 in 2018 and from Term 4, 2018 for Year 12.

NESA seeks your feedback through an online survey or written submission. You can download a summary of the survey statements (PDF) which may be used for group discussion prior to responding online or in a written submission.

Feedback received from consultation will be used to guide the finalisation of the components and weightings and published in July with a range of sample Year 11 and Year 12 assessment schedules.

Additional comments or written submissions may be sent to: 

Anna Wethereld 
Inspector, Mathematics and Numeracy 
NSW Education Standards Authority 
GPO Box 5300 
Sydney NSW 2001

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