Emergency notice

This policy is current as at 10/05/2021 05:43pm, AEST. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.

Curriculum planning and programming, assessing and reporting to parents K-12

Detailing how schools plan curriculum and teaching programs including assessment and reporting to parents.

Version 9.2 of the Policy (PDF 144.92KB) and Policy Standards (PDF 285.9KB) has been developed as part of the department’s response to support schools through impacts caused by COVID-19. This version replaces version 9.1 used for reporting to parents/carers for Semester 1 2020.

Student reports for Semester 2 2020 will need to include an assessment against a 5-point scale (A to E) for each subject.

Updates to planning and programming advice reflect NESA decisions about the 2020 NSW HSC and K–10 curriculum during the coronavirus outbreak. These decisions aim to protect the health and safety of students, parents and teachers.

Version 9 of the policy follows below. Note: until further notice, refer to the COVID-19 amended version 9.2 (PDF 144.92KB).

  1. Policy statement
    1. Curriculum planning and programming
      1. Schools plan curriculum and develop teaching programs which are consistent with the Education Act and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) syllabuses and credentialing requirements.
      2. Curriculum planning and teaching programs will meet the Policy Standards (PDF 188.47KB).
      3. Teaching programs will incorporate assessment as an integral component.
      4. Teaching programs will indicate the outcomes being addressed, the teaching activities planned and the intended assessment strategies.
    2. Assessing
      1. Schools plan assessment so that:
        • students can demonstrate achievement of outcomes for the relevant stage of learning.
        • valid and reliable assessment strategies are used.
        • the timing, frequency and nature of the assessment processes are time efficient and manageable for teachers and students.
      2. Teachers plan assessment strategies when developing teaching programs and will also make additional assessment judgements in the course of teaching and learning.
      3. Teachers use a variety of appropriate assessments for judging student achievement.
      4. Teachers collect and record assessment information to:
        • guide ongoing teaching and learning.
        • monitor and evaluate student progress.
        • report achievement to parents and relevant authorities in accord with school requirements and department policy.
    3. Reporting
      1. Schools will provide parents/carers, throughout the school year, with formal and informal opportunities to receive information about and discuss their child's learning.
      2. The school's procedures for reporting to parents will be:
        • based on the department's policy.
        • time efficient and manageable.
        • developed in consultation with parents/carers and teachers.
      3. Schools will provide parents/carers with a written report on their child's learning at least twice per year. The components of the written report will meet the Policy Standards (PDF 188.47KB).
      4. Schools will provide information on how a child's achievement compares with the child's peer group at the school, on request from the child's parents/carers.
      5. Schools will disseminate to parents/carers the reports from state-wide testing programs and, as appropriate, will provide opportunity for discussion between teachers and parents/carers.
  2. Audience and applicability
    1. All staff, students and has implications for school communities.
  3. Context
    1. Provides greater clarity for teachers and schools in response to Time to teach - time to learn the report of the evaluation of outcomes assessment and reporting in NSW government schools.
    2. Covers the requirements for reporting to parents specified by the Australian Commonwealth Government school funding legislation, Schools Assistance, 2004 and Regulations to the legislation, 2005.
  4. Responsibilities and delegations
    1. The Leader, Primary Curriculum and the Leader, Secondary Curriculum:
      • provide advice on the interpretation and implementation of this policy.
    2. The Directors, Early Learning and Primary Education, and Secondary Education:
      • ensure the currency of this policy and support material.
      • provide oversight of the policy and implementation including advice and assistance to curriculum support staff on policy development, implementation and evaluation.
      • notify staff of changes to the policy.
  5. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements
    1. Principals, school executive and delegated teachers:
      • supervise the implementation of the policy in schools reporting their evaluations to their Director, Educational Leadership.
    2. Directors, Educational Leadership:
      • monitor and support the implementation of the policy in schools and report to their executive directors.
    3. Executive Directors:
      • collect information to inform the Directors, Early Learning and Primary Education and Secondary Education and for evaluation of the policy.
    4. The Directors, Early Learning and Primary Education, and Secondary Education:
      • monitor the implementation of this policy and will report annually, or as required, to the Executive Director, Learning and Teaching.
  6. Contact
    1. Leader, Primary Curriculum
      (02) 7814 3038
      Leader, Secondary Curriculum
      (02) 7814 2825

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