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Assessment

Year 11 Course Assessment Policy 2019

1.  INTRODUCTION

The HSC is an internationally recognised credential, giving you a strong foundation for your next step in life, whether it's going to university, starting vocational training or your first job. The HSC will involve completing school-based assessment tasks throughout the HSC Year and also sitting the HSC exams with the rest of the state. The results of your school-based assessments and HSC exams will contribute equally to your final HSC mark. While marks gained during Year 11 do not directly count towards the HSC, the Year 11 courses must be completed satisfactorily before a student is eligible to begin the HSC Year itself in Term 4 of Year 11. In all other respects the Year 11 matches the HSC Year in course requirements and is an essential preparation in skills and knowledge development for the HSC.

 

2.  RATIONALE

The provision of a separate Assessment Mark from the Examination Mark in the HSC and for the Preliminary Year has a two‐fold purpose. It is intended to provide a measure of a student's attainment which is based on:

§  a wider range of syllabus objectives than is measured by the external examination;

§  measures and observations obtained throughout the course rather than at a single examination.

Assessment is used to measure satisfactory completion of the Year 11 course outcomes and requirements, and the eligibility to proceed to the HSC course in that subject.

 

Advantages of “school‐based” Assessment include:

§  it enables assessment of specific skills which are best demonstrated over time (eg practical skills)

§  it caters for elements such as fieldwork where assessment can be completed in the field

§  it provides good feedback on student progress and reinforces learning and development

§  it may increase the accuracy of the final assessment of student achievement by using multiple measures over time

§  students who achieve consistently but do not perform as well under examination pressure are not disadvantaged

§  it is good practice for tertiary institutions which increasingly utilise a variety of assessment procedures and always expect deadlines to be met

§  additional information is provided to students, employers, and other educational institutions in the community.

 

3. DEFINITION OF AN ASSESSMENT TASK

An assessment task is a piece of work undertaken by a student to measure how well that student has achieved specific course outcomes. It may be an in‐class task undertaken at a particular time, or an independent piece of research to be submitted on a due date. Alternately it may be a long-term project where final marks are awarded following expected completion of work.

All tasks (including written components of pre‐prepared in‐class tasks) must be handed in by 9:00am on the due date to teaching staff in the designated area.

 

Quality Assessment Tasks

§  Are integral to the teaching and learning process

§  Focus upon syllabus outcomes

§  Are appropriate for the outcome being assessed

§  Are valid, reliable, equitable and measurable

§  Allow each student to demonstrate his or her level of achievement

§  Are worded to clearly explain to students what they are required to do

§  Communicate to students the assessment criteria/marking scheme

4. COMMUNICATION

Each teacher will provide students with written notification of each specific assessment task, at least two weeks before due date. This will include:

§  the outcomes to be assessed

§  due date and assessment weighting

§  the nature and content of the task

§  assessment criteria/marking guidelines to be used

§  all students having equal access to classwork and assistance

§  the nature of feedback that will be provided

All students must sign and date the “Assessment Receipt Summary” to acknowledge they have been given the assessment task. Teachers must ensure all students have signed and dated this form, with a copy to be kept in the Year 11 monitoring folder.

Students will receive meaningful feedback within two weeks of the date the task was submitted.

 

5. NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA)

To comply with HSC entry requirements, course restrictions and rules set by the Authority relating to Year 11, students need to                                                                

§  study courses approved by NESA

§  complete at least 12 units as full-time students, according to the NESA rules

§  undertake all set Year 11 Assessment tasks and make a genuine attempt to complete them

§  sit and make a genuine attempt in any examination set as part of the course

§  complete all course work diligently and participate actively in all set experiences offered in each course

§  complete more than half of the value of Year 11 Assessment Tasks in each course to be eligible to proceed to the HSC in that course

§  the ‘N’ determination process will be applied to students who do not meet course requirements and/or submit assessment tasks.

§  in the case of Extension courses, students who fail to meet the assessment requirements for the common (or 2 units) part of the course will not receive a result in the course.

§  a minimum of 2 course specific warnings will be issued prior to a final “N” (non-completion of course) determination being made for a course. See Appendix E determination flow chart.

6. ILLNESS AND MISADVENTURE

Where a student’s performance in an Assessment Task is affected by a valid illness/misadventure preventing presentation of part or the entire task, the student should complete an Assessment Task Appeal (Appendix A). In general, a valid misadventure is a situation that is unpredictable and out of the control of the student.

An appeal for consideration of misadventure should be submitted to the Head Teacher within two days of returning to school. If the appeal is upheld, the student may be awarded a mark based on the original task, a substitute task or in exceptional circumstances an estimate based on other evidence.

Students should note that loss of work through computer or electronic malfunction does not constitute a valid misadventure. Students who submit work electronically are required to submit a hard copy as well. Students should use standard back‐up procedures.

 

7. REQUEST FOR AN EXTENSION

Requests for an extension of time to submit or complete an Assessment Task should be made in writing on an Assessment Task Extension Application (Appendix B) and supported by a medical certificate (if applicable). Requests for an extension for reasons other than medical should be made in writing on the same form (Appendix B) and signed by parents/guardians, where applicable. Such requests will be considered by the Head Teacher, usually in consultation with the class teacher.

 

Requests for extension of time must be made prior to the task.

The Assessment Panel, comprising a class teacher, a head teacher and the Principal or nominee, will adjudicate when extensions, or appeal decisions are challenged and other unforeseen situations as they arise.

 

8. DISHONESTY, MALPRACTICE AND BREACH OF EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENT RULES

It is expected that all work submitted by a student as part of an assessment will be a result of their own honest effort and will not be as a result of malpractice or breach of the school’s and NESA Examination and Assessment Rules, (see HSC: All My Own Work program which helps you understand your rights and responsibilities in the HSC and ethical scholarship issues such as plagiarism and copyright).

Where it is alleged that a student has been dishonest and has breached the rules a report will be written by the supervising teacher for review by the Head Teacher. The student will also be invited to submit a written report (voluntary) and may be called to meet with teachers to discuss the allegation of malpractice.

In cases where a student has been proven to have been dishonest, a penalty will be imposed by the Assessment Panel ranging from a percentage reduction in marks to zero mark and a recording of non‐completion of that assessment task. This breach must also be formally communicated to NESA and the penalty noted.

9. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

 

§  maintain a satisfactory record of attendance, behavior and progress at school

§  complete the requirements of each course including draft or practice tasks, homework, oral tasks, practical or project work and work placement (as relevant)

§  let teachers know if you will be absent and find out what work or tasks are set for the period of absence

§  check with teachers on return from any absence about missed work or task information

§  present your own work and make a genuine and honest effort – dishonesty or failure to follow teachers’ instructions or examination rules may lead to a zero mark or non-attempt

§  present tasks on the due date or follow the procedures for Application for Extension (Appendix B) prior to the due date

§  notify the school in the morning if you are absent the day a task is due

§  follow up with an appeal (Appendix A) and evidence eg. a medical certificate

§  attend your classes – don’t miss one subject to work on a task for another subject

§  remember your teachers are there to help and you may also request assistance from the learning and support teacher (LAST)

§  submit tasks to the teaching staff in the designated room  before 9.00am on the due date or as specified on the Assessment Task Notification (Appendix D) or apply for an extension

§  keep your Assessment Task Submission receipt or email as evidence of compliance

10. SCHOOL AND TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES

The welfare and equitable achievement of students has been the prime concern in establishing an Assessment policy for Yass High School.

The school and its staff will undertake to ensure that:

§  Staff, students and parents are briefed annually on this policy (at the commencement of Preliminary courses).

§  Students are given at least 2 weeks’ notice in writing of Assessment Tasks and their relative weighting. A teacher may apply for a change to an Assessment Task by completing an Application to Modify Task. The Assessment Committee will consult and recommend fair changes.

§  Assessment Tasks will not consume excessive time. A page limit or word limit will be given for all written tasks;

§  Assessment Tasks are coordinated through a grid to avoid excessive demands on students;

§  Assessment Tasks are planned so that they do not interfere with student preparation for formal examinations;

§  Teacher’s and Head Teachers will use a range of strategies to support students in the preparation and submission of assessment tasks based on the individual needs of students, and keep a central record of adjustments and support given;

§  Teachers will accept ONE draft at least one week prior to the due date and provide feedback;

§  The Assessment Coordinator will coordinate assessment task schedules, records and procedures;

§  Provide an Assessment Task Submission Receipt to students upon submission of tasks, and keep a register of notification, submission and feedback dates;

§  Documentation of appeals are maintained on file at the school

§  Record and mail an ‘N’ Determination Warning letter (Appendix C) with an illness/misadventure appeal form if tasks are NOT submitted by 9:00am on the due date, or in the timetabled class for in-class tasks.

RECOMMENDATIONS                                                                                

§  Visit Students Online NSW (studentsonline.bos.nsw.edu.au) for a step-by-step guide to how the HSC works – from getting started, completing assessments, sitting exams and understanding your HSC results. You will also find handy study tips and tools and answers to frequently asked questions about the HSC.

§  Keep your teacher informed of your progress with tasks and ask for help if needed.

§  Do not give up on tasks because of their difficulty or because of other personal, school or work-related factors or pressures.

Submit whatever work you have completed by the due date even if not entirely happy with it, so at least some marks are allocated for the task.

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