The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has released the 2016 data for four programs that support the fairness and integrity of the NSW Higher School Certificate:
– Disability provisions
– Illness/misadventure applications
– Maintaining integrity in HSC examinations
– Maintaining integrity in school assessments
Disability provisions in the HSC give practical assistance to students who may otherwise be disadvantaged when undertaking their exams. Emergency provisions are also approved for late injuries such as a broken arm just prior to the examinations.
Disability provisions do not confer additional marks, and are not intended to confer any advantage. They allow students to participate in the examination process in the same way as their peers.
Illness/misadventure applications also do not confer any advantage. If an illness/misadventure application is upheld, NESA will consider other indicators of the students’ performance, such as school assessment marks, to ensure that the students are not disadvantaged by this occurrence.
Examination integrity includes breaches of examination rules and malpractice by students undertaking HSC examinations or school assessment tasks. NESA and schools take incidents of malpractice seriously, and warn students that the consequences of malpractice can range from loss of some marks to their entire HSC.
Summary of 2016 statistics:
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