COVID Changes for 2021

Changes to the RoSA and HSC rules and requirements for 2021

Last updated: 12 October 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, changes have been made to curriculum and assessment for the RoSA and the HSC in 2021.

This ACE rule applies until 30 September 2021 or until it is revoked.

RoSA Requirements

Preliminary and HSC school-based assessment

School-based assessment of HSC Board Endorsed Courses

The amendments below supersede the corresponding information in ACE 8075 about the number and type of school-based assessments in Board Endorsed Courses until 30 September 2021 or until this rule is revoked.

This amendment also applies to assessments for grading as set out in ACE 5003.

The related rules ACE 5002, ACE 5004, ACE 8083, ACE 8095, ACE 8074, ACE 8093, ACE 8050 are unaffected and still apply to students in 2021.

Changes to school-based assessment in 2021

NESA has given principals and system authorities the power to determine the number, type and weighting of tasks for HSC and Year 11 school-based assessment.

NESA’s principles of assessment continue to apply. Provided social distancing measures are maintained, school-based assessment should continue to be:

  • based on a range of syllabus outcomes
  • based on measures made throughout the HSC course
  • informed by the components identified in the assessment and reporting documents for each of the syllabuses
  • inclusive of and accessible for all students.

Weighting of marks for HSC school-based assessment

The amendments below supersede the corresponding information in ACE 8077 about weighting of school-based assessment tasks until 30 September 2021 or until this rule is revoked.

The related rules ACE 8083, ACE 8095, ACE 8074, ACE 8093, ACE 8050 are unaffected and still apply to students in 2021.

Changes to school-based assessment in 2021

NESA has given principals and system authorities the power to determine the number, type and weighting of tasks for HSC and Year 11 school-based assessment.
This includes making determinations about all mandated tasks that are internally assessed in the following courses:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Community and Family Studies
  • Design and Technology
  • English: English Studies, English Standard, English Advanced, English EAL/D, English Extension 1 and English Extension 2
  • Engineering Studies
  • Geography
  • History: Ancient History, Modern History, History Extension
  • Language in Context Stage 6 (Chinese, Japanese and Korean)
  • Mathematics: Mathematics Standard, Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Environmental Science, Investigating Science, Science Extension, and Depth Studies)

NESA’s principles of assessment continue to apply. Provided social distancing measures are maintained, school-based assessment should continue to be:

  • based on a range of syllabus outcomes
  • based on measures made throughout the HSC course
  • informed by the components identified in the assessment and reporting documents for each of the syllabuses
  • inclusive of and accessible for all students.