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Westfields Sports High School

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Assessment procedures


H.S.C. examination candidates receive two marks for each subject listed on their certificate. One of these marks reflects the final examination performance and the other is a moderated school assessment reflecting the student's achievement throughout their Higher School Certificate course. It is the school assessment mark which this booklet explains as well as providing information for the planning of individual student assessment program.


The NSW Education Standards Authority supervises the Preliminary and H.S.C. Courses in New South Wales. The Board prepares syllabuses, oversees the production of the examination papers, the marking of the papers and the provision of the Higher School Certificate. The Board has also produced guidelines for all schools on every subject examined by the H.S.C. These guidelines outline the basis on which the school assessment mark should be calculated. The Board has provided teachers with a framework for producing assessment plans covering the course areas and skills to be assessed in both the Preliminary and HSC courses.


At Westfields Sports High each faculty has prepared an assessment plan for its H.S.C. and Preliminary courses. These plans require students to complete various tasks of a physical, written, oral, graphic and numerical nature. Each plan contains approximately 5 assessable tasks, although the number and type of assessable task may differ from subject to subject.

For the most part Preliminary HSC assessable tasks start in Term 1 of 2018 and continue until just before the Yearly examination. HSC assessable tasks commence in Term 4 of 2018 and continue until just after the Trial HSC in Term 3 of 2019.

The main purpose of the tasks is to determine a rank and spread of achievement amongst the students in each subject.


Student assessments are progressive. This means that the mark for each new task will be added to the marks of the previous tasks. This reflects their overall achievement in the course. For this reason it is quite possible that most students will end up with assessment marks which are quite different to their examination marks.


It should be noted that students whose attendance or punctuality is poor may leave themselves liable to exclusion from eligibility to sit for the H.S.C.


In order to have studied a course satisfactorily a candidate is expected to have attempted all assessment tasks. If a student fails to submit an assessment task and the school recognizes a valid reason (medical or approved leave), then he/she may be given a substitute task by their teacher. In case of illness students must notify the school by phone the day the task is due and present the Deputy Principal with a doctor's certificate and Doctor's Assessment of their fitness to sit the task on their first day back at school. It is important to note that a medical certificate will support an application for a substitute task but does NOT GUARANTEE its granting.  Failure to present required documentation will result in a zero mark.

Where practical, leave must be applied for in advance of the task completion date. Prior approval for late submission of an assessment task must be sought from the Head Teacher of the faculty concerned, and the Deputy Principal. Students attending special sporting events will continue to use the procedure set in place for obtaining prior approval for late submission. See the attached form School Approved Student Leave. This form should be completed before the absence from an assessable task. Only in exceptional circumstances would the Principal consider approval after the due date. Students, individually, are responsible for these matters. They should not expect teachers to remind them. Students should note that teachers are not permitted to adjust marks for illness or misadventure. Assessment is restricted to actual achievement of the set tasks. Only in exceptional cases can the Principal authorize an estimate.

If appropriate evidence is not presented and neither is the task then the student will be awarded zero marks for that task. If a student fails to complete a number of assessable tasks which total 50% or more of the final assessment mark, then the Principal must certify that the course has not been studied satisfactorily. In such a case, the student will be deemed to have failed the course and will not receive either an assessment mark or an examination mark for that subject on his/her Higher School Certificate. This may mean that the candidate will not receive a certificate if they have not completed at least 12 units in the Preliminary course and 10 units in the HSC course. In the case of 3 or 4 unit courses, candidates who fail to meet the assessment requirements for the common (2 or 3 unit) part of the subject will not receive a result in the course at all.


It is expected that any assessable task submitted will be the student's own work. In the event of malpractice (cheating) being detected, the task in question will be awarded zero and the assessable task regarded as a non-attempt. Students who willingly share whole or part of an assessable task also run the risk of having their task designated a non-attempt.


Towards the end of Term 3 in 2018, the school assessment marks are sent in to the Authority. The Authority will note the spread and the order of marks. The school assessment marks of the whole group of students at Westfields Sports High are then moderated by the whole group's final examination marks in each subject. This moderation might have the effect of changing the actual assessment mark but the order (rank) and relative difference between students (the spread) remains the same. Apart from this moderation, the school assessment results and the final examination marks are completely separate and have no other direct influence on each other.


You will receive an "N" determination in a course if you do not:

a)     Follow the course developed or endorsed by the NSW Education Standards Authority, and

b)     Apply yourself with diligence and sustained effort to the set tasks and experiences provided in the course by the school, and

c)     Achieve some or all of the course outcomes.

Satisfactory completion of courses is judged, among other things, by your attendance and level of achievement in class, the proportion of assignments, homework, etc completed and your level of achievement.

If the Principal determines that you are in danger of not completing a course satisfactorily, you will be warned in writing in time for you to correct the problem and satisfactorily complete the course. Parents are required to return acknowledge of receipt of such notification to the Head Teacher of the subject concerned.

If you are deemed to not to have completed a course, you will  receive an “N” beside the course on your Record of Achievement Part A and this may mean that you are not eligible for the Award of the Preliminary Certificate in that year.


When presenting an assessable task students are asked to complete an Assessable Task Submission Slip and keep the tear off section as a record of having submitted the task. In convenient cases and as added security students are advised to keep a copy of the submitted task. In those cases where an exam is the assessable task the teacher will keep a record of the students present. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the whole of an assessment task is presented at the due time.


There will be two formal reports for students. The first is in the middle of the year after the semester one exam period, and the other at the end of term 3 after the semester two exams. Each time the parents will receive an official report from each subject giving the latest examination mark. Teachers will also provide comments about the student's progress in the subject. If there is any concern about a student's performance at any time, then the parents will be notified by letter. Warning letters are sent throughout the year, and before the Parent Teacher evening at the end of term 2.


  • The new HSC reports will provide you with more detailed descriptions of the knowledge, skills and understanding you have attained in each subject.
  • The new syllabuses, along with assessment and examination information and a performance scale that will be used to describe your level of achievement, give a clear idea of the standards that are expected.
  • The HSC reports will provide a description of your achievements that is similar to the one you will receive in this year’s School Certificate for the tests in English-literacy, Mathematics and Science.
  • School-based assessment tasks will contribute to 50% of your HSC mark. Your school assessment mark will be based on your performance in assessment tasks you have undertaken during the course.
  • The other 50% will come from the HSC examination.
  • Your HSC mark for 2 unit courses will be reported on a scale of 0 to 100. A mark of 50 will represent the minimum standard expected. If you achieve the minimum standard expected in a course you will receive a mark of 50. There will be five performance bands above 50 that correspond to different levels of achievement in knowledge, skills and understanding. The band from 90 – 100 will correspond to the highest level of achievement.

On satisfactory completion of your HSC you will receive a portfolio containing:

  • The HSC Testamur (The official certificate confirming your achievement of all requirements for the award.)
  • The Record of Achievement (This document lists the courses you have studied and reports the marks and bands you have achieved.)

Course Reports

For every HSC Board Developed Course (except VET courses) you will receive a Course Report showing your marks, the Performance Scale and the band descriptions for that course. A graph showing the state-wide distribution of marks in the course is also shown.)


It is important for students and parents to understand that the Board has specifically stated that a teacher's judgment of the worth of individual assessment tasks, as reflected in the mark or grade awarded will not be subject to review as part of this process.

If any questions arise regarding the assessable tasks, then the students are encouraged to discuss  the matter with their teacher. If, after consultation with their teacher there is still a problem, students should consult the Head Teacher of the faculty concerned.

If, after  students have collected their  HSC rank order card from the NSW Education Standards Authority, they feel that any of these rankings is significantly different to their expectations based on earlier feedback from their teachers, they can then request a review of their assessment rankings. This request must be made on a form available from the Deputy Principal.




If a student completes an assessment task using technology, then it is the student’s responsibility to …

       i.          Take the required steps to learn and be able to use such technology,

      ii.          Ascertain the compatibility of the technology[1] for such a purpose,

     iii.          Plan for the availability and supply of such things as USB drives, cloud access, paper and toner for the printer,

    iv.          Take steps to back up their own files and data.

Students cannot use the failure or incompatibility of technology to justify the failure to submit an assessment task.

It is a student’s responsibility to plan for all eventualities including the non-availability of school computers, printers, scanners, cameras or other supplies, and make their own provisions to safeguard, protect[2] and backup their own data and files.

Students must also submit hard copies of digital work. This means students are to negotiate with their teachers or follow the faculty policies with regards to printing work that exists as web pages or as presentations. It is unreasonable to expect that students will print huge numbers of pages, where a sample could suffice. Teachers and faculties have the right to restrict the amount of printing carried out on the schools printers. Teachers also have the right to specify how a work is to be presented. Students are not to take for granted that teachers can or will mark their work from email or websites. Teachers can not be expected to be responsible for work presented on drives when it is well know that files can get corrupted and web servers can go down. Teachers are not to be expected to print students’ work when it is the student’s responsibility. If students plan their work accordingly then teachers may be willing to accommodate their needs.


Teachers will issue warning letters to advise parents and students when they are in danger of failing to complete Preliminary or HSC courses. Failure to complete course requirements may lead to an N Award.


All senior students in government high schools study a course called Crossroads. Schools are to implement Crossroads for a minimum indicative time of 25 hours.

This personal development and health course focuses on issues about relationships and drugs which young people may have to manage in their adult lives.  Some of the areas that students will learn about in the course are:

  • Developing personal goals and plans for the future
  • Coping with changes in relationships
  • Communication and problem solving skills
  • Coping with grief and loss
  • STDs, HIV/AIDS and blood-borne viruses - rights and responsibilities
  • Social issues concerning sexuality
  • Values about drugs
  • Caring for myself near drugs
  • The effects of drug use on others
  • Social issues and driving.

The themes can be covered in a variety of forms ie: visiting speaker(s), trips and visits to places of interest, school staff and other associations such as ‘Rotary’. As such aspects of the course will incur a cost.


[1] e.g. hardware, software, interface, disk drives

[2] e.g. virus attack, hard disk crash, operating system failure, computer failure