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Wednesday, 15 Jun 2016

Authenticity of HSC assessments

Work submitted by students for internal and external assessment should comply with advice provided on the BOSTES website: HSC assessment in a standards-referenced framework - A Guide to Best Practice.
Where tasks are completed partially or wholly outside of class time, schools should adopt supervisory strategies to ensure the authenticity of the work. Possible strategies include:

• providing advice to students on what constitutes malpractice and how to avoid it
• thoroughly briefing all students in relation to the requirements of each task
• allocating class time to the planning of a task response
• requiring students to maintain a process diary or journal to show how their response, project or work was developed
• engaging informally with students in regular critical dialogue about their work, how they formulated their ideas and the techniques they have used
• asking students to submit a task at critical points in its development for review
• having students submit their original drafts in addition to final work
• incorporating student oral presentations on the progress of their work
• communicating clearly to students about the extent of teacher, other expert or outside involvement permitted in the development of the work.

To assist teachers of courses which include a practical component, a proforma for recording the development of student projects is available on Schools Online > Memos and Documents. Contact your principal for access to Schools Online.

For more information, contact:
Mark Tyler
Inspector, Technology Education
(02) 9367 8454