From the Director of Curriculum, Elizabeth Watson
HSC minimum standard resources for Year 9 students and parents
Mr David de Carvalho, Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Education Standards Authority, has written to all principals asking for their help to ensure every Year 9 student and parent has accurate information about the NSW Government’s implementation of a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy for the HSC from 2020.
In particular, the main messages he would like to convey are:
- The HSC minimum standard is being introduced to help ensure that students leave school with the basic literacy and numeracy skills fundamental for life after school.
- NAPLAN is a chance to check a student’s progress towards the HSC minimum standard or, for more advanced students, prequalify for the HSC minimum standard with Band 8s or higher.
- Most students will demonstrate the minimum standard by passing online reading, writing and numeracy tests in the lead up to Year 12.
- Year 9 students have three more years of learning before the HSC.
Additionally, the NESA website has an extensive range of resources designed to help explain the new HSC minimum standard including: