Dear Parents and Carers,
The NSW Government has introduced minimum standards in literacy and numeracy for HSC from 2020. This will affect students enrolled in Year 9 and below. There has been some misleading reporting around the new minimum standards brought in for the HSC and NAPLAN results. I addressed this at the Year 9 Parent Night in Term 1 and have spoken to Year 9 last term and last week and have included a summary here.
What is the new minimum standard?
The minimum standard is based on Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) which equates to functional literacy and numeracy. It is a nationally agreed standard of functional literacy and numeracy and at this standard can typically do tasks such as
People can read and interpret diagrams
Write clear instructions for everyday technology like a photocopier
Use email for routine workplace communication
Compare the cost of everyday items in different- sized containers to make cost effective purchases.
What areas will the new minimum standard cover?
There are three areas that students need to reach minimum standards
How will students meet the new minimum standards?
There will be multiple opportunities for students to reach the minimum standards. From 2018, online tests will be available (at least twice a year)
Up to 5 years after sitting the HSC
What has this got to do with NAPLAN?
This is where the misleading reporting is having an effect. Year 9 NAPLAN is an early opportunity to meet the standard. It is NOT the ONLY opportunity to meet the standard. It is actually expected that only approximately 25% of students will meet this benchmark at this early opportunity. Students can meet the minimum standard by achieving a Band 8 or above in reading, writing and numeracy. If students achieve a Band 8 or above they will not need to sit the tests in Year 10, 11, 12. NO student will be ineligible to sit for the HSC on the basis of their Year 9 NAPLAN result
What if my daughter/son doesn’t reach the minimum standard by HSC exams?
Students will still be eligible to sit HSC exams and will still get their results and an ATAR (if they are eligible by the pattern of study). They will receive a ROSA (Record of Student Achievement) outlining their results. They can sit the online literacy and numeracy tests up to 5 years after the HSC to meet the minimum standards and be awarded the Higher School Certificate.
Where do I get more information?
The NESA website has lots of useful advice
The other item that has been in the news recently relates to Gonski 2.0 and the implications of this funding model for Catholic schools. I have included in the newsletter a media release from Chris Smyth, Director, Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Armidale. I draw you attention in particular to:
‘ … our current process for the setting of school fees will remain
unchanged and that any annual adjustments to school fees will be modest’
At O’Connor, we continue our focus on learning and this includes the use of resources to improve the learning environment at our school. We are innovative in this allocation of resources and will continue to be into the future. Evidence based practice to improve student learning growth has been and will continue to be our focus.