The NSW SPC believes changes to the HSC announced by the Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli on 19 July 2016 will ensure the HSC remains a rigorous, relevant credential for NSW students, as well as enhance its already highly recognised status as a quality academic credential.
NSW SPC President, Chris Presland, said the introduction of a Science Extension course and a common scale for Mathematics are both sensible changes. “The HSC was last updated 17 years ago so these reforms are really about ensuring the credential prepares 21st century learners for careers and further study pathways. The introduction of the Science Extension course will challenge and extend our best students while applying a common scale for Maths will encourage more students to study the maths course best suited to their level of ability.”
Mr Presland said the NSW SPC also supports the introduction of fairer assessments to reduce student stress and anxiety. “Stress, anxiety and assessment fatigue is regularly reported by SPC members as being a key issue for many Year 11 and 12 students. Capping the number of school based assessment tasks will help reduce student stress and enable students and teachers to engage in a deeper level of learning and skill acquisition.”
The HSC has a proud history and the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council looks forward to working closely with BOSTES to ensure it remains a highly recognised and respected credential.
President, NSW Secondary Principals’ Council