From the Principal

Changes to HSC Minimum Standards

01-Mar-2018

The NSW Minister for Education has decided to simplify the HSC Minimum Standard requirements by no longer linking the standards to the HSC. This change means that Year 9 NAPLAN test results will no longer be linked to the minimum numeracy and literacy standards required for the HSC. Parents, schools and teachers have sought this change since its introduction and we are delighted to see this change of practice. Schools have a constant focus on reading, writing and numeracy and we recognise that these skills are foundational to success in schools. However, linking NAPLAN results and the awarding of the HSC based on these results was a huge cause of concern for schools

 


This change means that Year 9 NAPLAN test results will no longer be linked to the minimum numeracy and literacy standards required for the HSC. Parents, schools and teachers have sought this change since its introduction and we are delighted to see this change of practice. Schools have a constant focus on reading, writing and numeracy and we recognise that these skills are foundational to success in schools. However, linking NAPLAN results and the awarding of the HSC based on these results was a huge cause of concern for schools

The new approach recognises the importance of having literacy and numeracy standards for all students, while removing an unnecessary burden on Year 9 students. Students will now be able to take the reading, writing and numeracy tests online when they and their teachers feel they are ready, from the time they reach Year 10. We all agree that anything that helps to reduce the level of stress felt by some students who are preparing for the Year 9 NAPLAN test is a welcome move. I will keep you updated on any further changes in this area as they emerge. Further information on this issue can be found by using the following links:

https://education.nsw.gov.au/news/media-releases/changes-to-the-hsc-minimum-standard

http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/about/news/media-releases/media-release-detail/changes-to-the-hsc-minimum-standard

Have a great weekend.

Dr Frank Pitt

 

 



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