NAPLAN for Year 9 and the HSC Minimum Standard

NAPLAN for Year 9 and the HSC Minimum Standard

Mrs Angela Sole

Mrs Angela Sole

Dear Years 7, 8 and 9 Families,

The following changes have been made to the achievement of the HSC from 2020.

Our students will continue to be supported in their class lessons to ensure they achieve their best and are fully prepared for these tests.

If you have any concerns, please contact your daughter’s class teacher directly.

Although this information is focused on Year 9 students, this information is also relevant to years 7 & 8 for when they complete the NAPLAN tests.

Practise questions are available online at  https://hscliteracynumeracy.nesa.nsw.edu.au/  and English and Maths teachers will provide plenty of opportunity for practise of these types of questions.

Please note – the minimum standard is NOT a Band 8, you will find that the content of the questions is not the same difficulty as Band 8 expectations.

Stronger HSC Standards

On 19 July 2016 the former Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, announced reforms to the HSC, which will be implemented for Year 11 students in 2018 and Year 12 students in 2019.

This reforms include the introduction of a Minimum Literacy and Numeracy Standard. From 2020, Year 12 students must reach a minimum standard of functional literacy and numeracy for the award of the HSC credential.

Important information for Year 9 students and their parents

From 2020, students need to demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to be eligible for the HSC. Students can demonstrate they have met the standard by achieving a pass in online reading, writing and numeracy tests. These tests will be available from 2018, and students will have multiple opportunities to sit them in Years 10, 11 and 12.

Students who achieve a Band 8 or above in Year 9 NAPLAN reading, writing and numeracy tests from 2017 will prequalify for the minimum standard and will not need to sit the online tests. No student will be prevented from sitting for the HSC on the basis of their NAPLAN results.

For clarification, the following points explain the relationship and detail the multiple opportunities students have to meet the standard.

  • The minimum standard is aligned to the nationally agreed standard of functional literacy and numeracy, mapped to the Australian Core Skills
  • Framework (ACSF) Level 3.
  • Students have until Year 12 to demonstrate they meet the standard by achieving a pass in new online reading, writing and numeracy tests developed by NESA. These online tests will be first available to students in Year 10 in 2018.
  • Students will have multiple opportunities to meet the standard. They will be able to take the tests at least twice a year in Years 10, 11 and 12, and for up to five years after they start their first HSC course.
  • Sample questions for the online tests will be available by the end of Term 1.
  • The minimum standard is not Band 8 in Year 9 NAPLAN reading, writing and numeracy. Students who achieve Band 8 in these three tests prequalify for the standard and will not need to sit the online NESA tests.
  • The Year 12 students of 2020 are the first students expected to meet the standard by the time they complete the HSC in 2020 i.e. the Year 9 cohort of 2017.
  • No student will be excluded from sitting for the HSC on the basis of their Year 9 NAPLAN results.
  • Students need only sit the NESA online test in the area in which they are yet to demonstrate the standard.
  • NESA does not expect every student in Year 9 to reach Band 8 in NAPLAN. NESA is confident students will continue to progress and be able to reach this level in Year 10, 11 or 12.
  • Every NSW student will benefit from a greater focus on improving literacy and numeracy as they move through school.

Please find attached an information flyer for Year 9 parents

Parents flyer minimum-standard for HSC
Mrs Angela Sole
Head of Mathematics,Science and Agriculture
Director Student Wellbeing
Coordinator Learning Support & Indigenous Student Support