Assessment Policy

Engadine High School

The awarding of external credentials such as the Record of School Achievement (RoSA) and the Higher School Certificate (HSC) is a worthy goal for students from Years 10 through 12. These credentials can be used as a means of accessing post-school training and other career opportunities. It is for these reasons, and to maintain the integrity of the system, that the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) has put in place for all schools - state and private - strict guidelines regarding students' satisfactory completion of courses. If a student is not meeting the requirements they are given what is termed a Non Award Warning (or N Award). A copy is also posted home, which outlines, 1. any issues of concern or outstanding work, and, 2. a date by which students can redeem the outcomes of the missed work.

The community's confidence in valuable school-based credentials (RoSA and HSC) can only be maintained if high standards are consistently and equally applied to all students, regardless of their school. The N Award Warning system is therefore explained to students in detail. We are also aware that parents may appreciate some clarifying points in relation to this system:

  • BOSTES requires two warnings for a student in order for an N Determination to be made by the Principal at the end of a course.
  • A warning is not issued for disciplinary reasons. It is not intended as a 'stain' on a student's character or record; simply, it is a concern that the student is not meeting course outcomes and that he/she may be in danger of not satisfactorily completing the course.
  • A warning is not issued for work that may be below the standard of which a student is capable. Teachers apply a grading system (A - E) associated with benchmarked standards to individual student work. It is, however, unfortunate if a student's credential does not represent a level commensurate with their ability.
  • A warning is typically given if a student does not submit, or is absent for, an assessment task, and/or, has not demonstrated sustained diligence and application in class.
  • A student may not be showing sustained diligence and application for reasons such as disengagement in class activities, not completing required class- or home- work and/or not making a serious effort to achieve outcomes. A teacher will make this assessment over a period of weeks.
  • An N Award Warning can also be issued for a non-serious attempt (e.g. a frivolous or inappropriate response).
  • A student will be awarded zero if they do not submit or are absent for an assessment task.
  • Extensions are usually not granted for tasks. Legitimate misadventure is only granted, for example, if a student has a doctor's certificate and this has been presented to a deputy principal at the time of or immediately following the missed task. If approved, the head teacher will arrange an alternative assessment.
  • Zero for a significant assessment task (see booklet/grid) will have an impact on a student's rank order and overall grade awarded at the end of the course.
  • Redeeming a task (e.g. submitting after it was due) is required by the Board of Studies as evidence that a student has satisfied the requirements of a course.
  • Redeeming a task supports ongoing learning and demonstrates that a student can achieve the intended outcomes.
  • Redeeming a task does not however, withdraw or rescind the warning, or credit the student with marks above zero if the award is for a missed assessment task.
  • Students may appeal if they believe the appropriate process has not been followed. They cannot, however, appeal on the basis of a disputed mark.
  • Teachers do their best to avoid an N Determination for any student; hence, warnings are given. Unfortunately N Determinations are occasionally made due to a student's unwillingness to comply with the requirements outlined above. This upholds the currency of, and faith in, the system for all students.