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Assessment

 

1.    INTRODUCTION

 

The HSC is an internationally recognised credential, giving the student a strong foundation for their next step in life, whether it's going to university, starting vocational training or a first job. The HSC will involve completing school-based assessment tasks throughout the year and also sitting the state wide HSC examinations. The results of the school-based assessments and HSC examinations contribute equally to the final HSC mark.

2.    RATIONALE

 

The provision of a separate assessment mark from the examination mark in the HSC 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

Advantages of school‐based assessment include:

§  it enables assessment of specific skills which are best demonstrated over time (for example 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 or major work where final marks are awarded at the completion of the project.

All tasks (including written components of pre‐prepared in‐class tasks), must be handed in on the due date. 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

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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:

§  outcomes to be assessed

§  due date and assessment weighting

§  nature and content of the task

§  assessment criteria/marking guidelines to be used

§  procedures students should follow when submitting the task

§  all students having equal access to classwork and assistance

§  the nature of feedback that will be provided

All students must sign and date the “Senior Assessment Task 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 HSC monitoring folder.

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

5. NSW EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS AUTHORITY

 

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

§  study courses approved by the NESA

§  complete at least 10 units as full-time students, according to NESA rules

§  undertake all set 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 including the HSC examination itself

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

§  make a genuine attempt at assessment tasks that make up over 50% of the possible school assessment marks for each 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 “N” determination flow chart

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

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 relevant Head Teacher in the case of a single task or the Deputy Principal in the case of multiple tasks 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 keep another copy and submit a hard copy if requested. Students should use standard backup 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 doctor's 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. 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 due date of the task.

 

The Assessment Panel, comprising a class teacher, a Head Teacher and the Principal or nominee, will adjudicate when students appeal a Head Teacher decision not to grant an appeal or extension. The panel will also adjudicate on 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’s 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 and, if necessary the assessment panel. The student will also be invited to submit a written report (voluntary) and may be called to meet with the Head Teacher or panel to discuss the allegation of malpractice.

In cases where a student has been proven to have been dishonest, a penalty will be imposed, ranging from a percentage reduction in marks to a 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.

§  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 to 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.

§  The Deputy Principal will coordinate assessment task schedules.

§  Teachers 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.

§  At least one week prior to the due date teachers will accept one draft and provide feedback.

§  Staff will provide an Assessment Task Submission Receipt to students upon submission of tasks, and keep a register of notification, submission and feedback dates.

§  Record and mail an ‘N’ Determination Warning letter (Appendix C) with an illness/misadventure appeal form if tasks are NOT submitted by the designated time on the due date.

§  Students will be referred to the Learning and Support Team if appropriate.

§  Documentation of appeals are maintained on file at the school.

§   ‘N’ Determination Warning letters (Appendix C) are lodged with the office for processing and are mailed through the office.

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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