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Monday, 16 February 2009

Changes to the 2010 HSC Examinations and Assessments

In 2008 the Board of Studies NSW asked teachers, parents and others in the community about proposed changes to HSC examinations and assessments. After considering the responses, the Board has decided on changes to start with the 2010 HSC cohort.

In summary, the Board decided that:

  • further guidance will be provided on answers to various types of examination questions, including an indicative length for all extended written responses and a due emphasis on quality, organisation, relevance and structure for all responses
  • the description of what is expected for HSC major works will be revised to ensure students do not spend excessive time on their projects and performances
  • some marking guidelines and rubrics may be amended to support the above changes
  • some course-specific changes will be implemented for the 2010 HSC
  • the duration of each examination will remain at its current length, and the current reading time arrangements remain the same
  • the recommended number of assessment tasks will be retained, that is, three to five tasks are generally sufficient for a 2-unit course and two to three tasks are sufficient for a 1-unit course
  • school assessment programs for all courses will be based on objectives or groups of outcomes
  • in courses where there are specified limits on the proportion of a school's assessment mark that can come from tests and examinations, these will be retained
  • it would consult further on the proposed changes for English (Standard), English (Advanced), English (ESL) and Aboriginal Studies

No changes need to be made to the 2009 Preliminary or HSC assessment or examination programs that are already in place.

Read the full Board decision
Read the changes for each course
Read the analysis of consultation responses

Additional support materials to help schools implement these changes will be made available on the Board's website progressively this year. Keep up to date with all new information by subscribing to the Board's email notification or RSS feed.

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