Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess student learning.
Teachers observe students' work in class and look closely at tasks throughout the year. They also formally assess a student's achievement based on the outcomes described in the syllabus of the subject.
As a parent or carer, you’ll receive a written report twice a year. It gives you a clear picture of your child’s achievements – what they know and can do.
In Years 7 to 10, we use the common grade scale in reporting. In Year 11, we use the Preliminary grade scale.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are assessed on achievement of competencies.
We provide detailed information to students about what we expect from them throughout the year and how their work will be assessed. Students have a number of formal assessments throughout their schooling.
- National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) – reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and numeracy tests for students in Years 7 and 9. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) holds the tests in May each year. Results and student reports are released in August.
- Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development (VALID) – online diagnostic science assessments for students in Year 8. Some schools also choose to sit the tests in Year 10.
- The Record of School Achievement (RoSA) is awarded to eligible students who leave school before completing their Higher School Certificate. The RoSA records a student’s grades between the end of Year 10 and when they leave school.
- The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is an internationally recognised qualification awarded to students who successfully complete Years 11 and 12 in NSW.
- Some students may apply for placement in a selective high school. For more information, visit selective high schools and opportunity classes.
HSC Minimum Standards Testing
The HSC minimum standard is a way of supporting and ensuring students have a functional level of literacy and numeracy. Students need to achieve level 3 or 4 in short online reading, writing and numeracy tests of skill for everyday life to meet the HSC minimum standard.
New students start high school with different skills and abilities in literacy and numeracy. Best Start gives teachers information about their students so they can plan teaching and learning to best meet their needs.
The Assessment Policy and Schedules booklets that the school provides to Year 7 to 12 students includes essential information to support student achievement. These booklets contain details of all assessment tasks and information about misadventure, assessment malpractice and assessment guidelines. Students should read their booklet carefully and mark due dates for exams and assignments on their Assessment Calendar. This will help them to be well prepared for all their assessment tasks.
Download the 2023 Year 7 Assessment Booklet for more information.
Download the 2023 Year 8 Assessment Booklet for more information.
Download the 2023 Year 9 Assessment Booklet for more information.
Download the 2023 Year 10 Assessment Booklet for more information.
Download the 2023 Preliminary Assessment Booklet for more information.
Download the 2023 HSC Assessment Booklet for more information.