Year 10 – HSC Minimum Standards

Key Points

  • From 2020, all students will be required to achieve a minimum standard  in literacy and numeracy to be awarded the HSC.
  • HSC Minimum Standards testing is being held for Year 10 on Monday 29 June, Periods 3, 4 and 5.
  • Year 10 students are supported in their preparation for Minimum Standards testing by participating in an online literacy and numeracy program run by the English and Mathematics Faculties.

From 2020, students in NSW need to meet a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to receive the Higher School Certificate. The standard is set at the skill level most students are expected to achieve by the end of Year 12 when they sit their HSC. To show they meet the HSC minimum standard, students need to achieve Level 3 or 4 in short online reading, writing and numeracy tests. Students have the opportunity to attempt these online tests twice a year from Year 10 until five years after they sit the HSC exam.

Our first round of HSC Minimum Standards testing has been scheduled for Year 10 on Monday 29 June during Periods 3, 4 and 5. Testing will occur in the Technology Centre where students will complete the three 45 minute online tests in a secure testing environment. 

Since returning to school, our English and Mathematics faculties have been preparing our students for the online nature of these tests by engaging them in their collaboratively developed Literacy and Numeracy program. In Term 4 last year, the combined faculties launched the program with our 2019 Year 8 students that regularly tracked their learning and growth in the areas of reading, writing and numeracy. This program continued for Year 9 in Term 1 this year in preparation for NAPLAN. It has now been adapted to provide our Year 10 students with weekly experience in an online testing environment engaging in the level and style of questioning required to meet the minimum standard. This program has been running every Tuesday rotating through English and Mathematics lessons and will continue again this week before the first round of testing in Week 10.

Year 10 Literacy and Numeracy Program

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Innovative learning spaces that empower students to work collaboratively, creatively and critically.

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Integrated technology, developing all students as confident learners through an engaging curriculum.

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