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|28 April 2017 |
Subject: HSC minimum standard resources for Year 9 students and parents
In the lead up to this year's NAPLAN tests, I am writing to ask your help to ensure every Year 9 student and parent has accurate information about the NSW Government's implementation of a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy for the HSC from 2020.
In particular, the main messages I would like to convey are:
- The HSC minimum standard is being introduced to help ensure that students leave school with the basic literacy and numeracy skills fundamental for life after school.
- NAPLAN is a chance to check a student's progress towards the HSC minimum standard or, for more advanced students, prequalify for the HSC minimum standard with Band 8s or higher.
- Most students will demonstrate the minimum standard by passing online reading, writing and numeracy tests in the lead up to Year 12.
- Year 9 students have three more years of learning before the HSC.
I have written a letter to Year 9 students and a message to Year 9 parents explaining the new HSC minimum standard. I would appreciate if you could distribute my letter to your Year 9 students and publish my message in your newsletter.
Additionally, the NESA website has an extensive range of resources designed to help explain the new HSC minimum standard including:
Thank you for your support in clarifying understanding of this important education initiative.
David de Carvalho
Chief Executive Officer