The NSW government’s new HSC policy seeks to prevent students receiving their HSC if they have not achieved competency in their NAPLAN results in Year 9.
Minister for Education Rob Stokes has upset students, parents, grandparents and teachers with this policy. If a student’s results are judged to be too low in the NAPLAN Year 9 tests by not achieving Band 8 and they don’t improve in subsequent tests they will not be allowed to receive the HSC from 2020.
This is not encouraging students to learn to their full potential and it is forcing teachers to teach only what will be covered by testing. It is putting a huge amount of pressure on less able students who need more support to help them reach their full potential - not more stress.
Join me in calling on the Education Minister to drop this policy in the interests of the wellbeing of all students.
To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled:
This Petition of certain citizens of New South Wales brings to the attention of the House that:
Continuous testing after failing to meet band 8 in NAPLAN does not encourage students to attend school or to go on to higher education.
- A huge amount of pressure is being put on less able students who need more support to help them reach their full potential
The undersigned petitioners ask the NSW Government to:
- Stop continuous testing for students who do not achieve NAPLAN Band 8 in Year 9
- Fund quality educational support for students who do not achieve NAPLAN Band 8
- Allow students who do not reach Band 8 in Year 9 to work toward their HSC with appropriate support