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Non-completion of HSC school-based assessment: failure to submit tasks

ACE 8078

Last Updated: 1 April 2019

If a student fails to complete a task specified in the school-based assessment program and the teacher considers the student has a valid reason (eg illness or endorsed leave), the principal may decide that, in accordance with the school's assessment policy, an extension of time may be granted or a mark may be awarded based on a substitute task.

In exceptional circumstances (eg where undertaking a substitute task is not feasible or reasonable, or where the missed task is difficult to duplicate), the principal should authorise the use of an estimate based on other appropriate evidence.

If there is no valid reason for failing to complete an assessment task, a zero mark must be recorded for that task.

If a student's attempt at a particular task scores zero, the question of whether the attempt was a genuine one is a matter for the teacher's professional judgement.