Principal's Education Update


Changes to HSC Minimum Standard                                                                       22 February 2018


I was delighted to learn that the New South Wales Educational Standards Authority (NESA) announced today that Year 9 NAPLAN testing will no longer be linked to the achievement of HSC Minimum Standards. It is encouraging that NESA has responded to principals and teachers who held deep concerns about this practice. This matter was one I spoke about strongly in 2017. The wellbeing of students is a high priority for all schools and this announcement is a positive response to removing stress and anxiety for our young men and women, in what was becoming high stakes testing, three and a half years prior to the final year of schooling.

The decision means that NAPLAN will remain a useful diagnostic tool for teachers of Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, in providing a snapshot of student improvement and progress, without added stress or pressure. The implementation in Year 10 and above of online tests for students to achieve Minimum standards is a positive response from NESA that will allow schools to provide greater support to their learner. I commend all involved for this change of practice.


David Smith


M.A.; B. Ed (Distinction); Dip. Teach; MACE; MACEL






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