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Assessing and Reporting Student Achievement

Assessing and Reporting Student Achievement

What assessment methods are used for the award or documentation issued to Year 10 students in each state or territory?
How is this assessment reported?
Who is the certifying authority at the completion of Year 10 in each state?
What is the award or documentation that is issued on completion of Year 10 by the certification body in each state or Territory?
What must students do to be eligible for the award or documentation issued on completion of Year 10 in each state or Territory?

What assessment methods are used for the award or documentation issued to Year 10 students in NSW?

In assessing student achievement for the award of the School Certificate a combination of internal (school-based) assessment and external (statewide) tests is used.

How is this assessment reported?

Internal (school-based) assessment is reported on the School Certificate Record of Achievement Part A which provides a cumulative record of all Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) courses completed. Student achievement is reported as a grade (A – E) referenced against Course Performance Descriptors. Grades are determined by the school, based on the student's performance in each course. Grades are not awarded for Life Skills Courses. In these courses, achievement is reported using outcomes listed on the Student Profile.

External assessment (School Certificate Tests in English-literacy, Mathematics, Science and Australian History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship) is reported on the School Certificate Record of Achievement Part B which provides a mark out of 100 and a performance band (1-6) indicating the standard achieved in each test. Student achievement in each of the School Certificate Tests is also reported on School Certificate Test Reports that include a description of the standard achieved in individual tests.

Who is the certifying authority at the completion of Year 10 in NSW?

The certifying authority at the completion of Year 10 is the Board of Studies NSW.

What is the award or documentation that is issued on completion of Year 10 by the certification body in NSW?

On satisfactory completion of Year 10, students receive the following:

  • School Certificate- testamur
  • Record of Achievement Part A – listing all courses and grades
  • Record of Achievement Part B – listing results from the School Certificate Tests
  • School Certificate Test Reports – providing descriptions of student performance

What must students do to be eligible for the award or documentation issued on completion of Year 10 in NSW?

To be eligible for the award of the School Certificate, students are required to attend a government school or an accredited non-government school. This is usually for a period of four years between the ages of 11 and 16 years. Students must follow and complete the pattern of courses required by the Board of Studies. To complete a course of study for the School Certificate, students must have a satisfactory record of application (effort). Students are also required to sit for the School Certificate Tests in English-literacy, Mathematics, Science and Australian History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship.

Pattern of courses required by the Board of Studies

Over the four years leading up to the School Certificate, students need to have studied the following courses.

Mandatory Curriculum Requirements for the School Certificate
English To be studied substantially in each of Years 7–10 with 400 hours to be completed by the end of Year 10.
Mathematics To be studied substantially in each of Years 7–10 with 400 hours to be completed by the end of Year 10.
Science To be studied substantially in each of Years 7–10 with 400 hours to be completed by the end of Year 10.
Human Society and Its Environment To be studied substantially in each of Years 7–10 with 400 hours to be completed by the end of Year 10. Included in this requirement is the study of 100 hours each of History and Geography in Years 7–8 and 100 hours each of Australian History and Australian Geography in Years 9–10.
Creative Arts To be studied for 200 hours and comprising 100 hours in each of Visual Arts and Music.
Technological and Applied Studies To be studied for 200 hours and consisting of the Design and Technology course. At least 50 hours of the course must be devoted to learning about and using computers. From 2006 the Technology (Mandatory) Years 7–8 course is to be studied for 200 hours to satisfy the mandatory curriculum requirements for the Technological and Applied Studies Key Learning Area.
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education To be studied in each of Years 7–10 with 300 hours to be completed by the end of Year 10.
Languages To be studied for at least 100 hours, to be completed in one language over one continuous 12- month period between Years 7 and 10 but preferably in Years 7–8.
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