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I’ve been stressing recently seeing as the British A Levels got cancelled that the HSC might also get cancelled. What do you guys think?
 

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I’ve been stressing recently seeing as the British A Levels got cancelled that the HSC might also get cancelled. What do you guys think?
As far as I've seen HSC is not being cancelled but the exam dates may be delayed.
 

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At my school people can choose to hand in a form to not do the exam/s while those who attend school will sit assessments as normal.

You don't have to be sick or anything to hand in a form, how does this even make sense?

How do the marks work? How does ranking work? Why even do a test if not everyone will do it? Will those who don't do it now have to do it later? How can some people do the test, find out what the questions are, tell other ppl and have it be considered a fair test? (these are questions that no one can answer for me)

I just don't understand how tf the prime minister says schools should be open while the premier tells everyone to stay at home... Schools should either be operating normally or not at all for Y12, maybe at least stop assessments or something. I understand ppl want school to babysit their children but I just don't see how we can have a fair HSC given the current situation.
 

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I'm seeing sources that are saying NESA might use your prelim marks? And I'm also seeing another view that NESA might cut down topics? :/ Not sure tbh
 

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What do you guys think of the current situation and what do u think will happen to year 12 students?
 

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The current situation isn't looking promising until a safe and effective vaccine is developed. Schools might start taking temperatures from year 11 & 12 students before entering the school building. 'Social distancing' so probably two desks apart from each student. Rural students will be disadvantaged. :(
 

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That is so disheartening... all those late nights and early mornings studying about to get dumped
 

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Yeah our school has transitioned to online learning and told students not to come. Our in-class assessments have been postponed. It's been a weird time but hopefully it ends out well for us.
 

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Many schools are taking casual workers to look after the kids whose parents work in medical areas. Meanwhile the permeant teachers stay at home and do zoom calls with students at home and at school. So basically both the students at school and at home can just go on laptops, scheduled with the same timetable, do zoom calls with teachers, except for the fact the other students whose parents work in medical areas are at school supervised by casuals.
So why don't the government just enforce this policy instead of teachers teaching a small class where they could have been doing zoom calls with the whole class at school.
I hope i make sense lol
 

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The guardian does not accurately reflect NESA’s statements, which only indicate that students will receive HSC certificate with no mention of ATAR. This may be through solely school assessments, a combination of school and HSC exams, or HSC exams only. I suspect that they will proceed with the middle option, with a reduced syllabus scope and delayed exams, however, it is clearly too early for them to make any meaningful decisions.
 

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I would feel much more comfortable if they shut both schools and universities for sure.
 

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To add to this Scomo just confirmed that schools are still open and children are encouraged to go to school. What is interesting is that on a normal school day 8% of children are absent, yesterday that number was 40% and today 75%, it seems that despite the medical advice to go to school, parents are still not sending their kids to school. I really think this is a problem when the medical advice is ignored by 3/4 of the population.

I saw ppl saying that they might use Y11 marks for your internals but I think that would be very unfair since we've always been told that Y11 does not count towards you ATAR, and I personally didn't even do the same subjects in Y11 as I do in Y12 so idk how that would work, I'm sure there are tons of other problems with this too.
 

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Today my school went on lock down until next term. I am not sure what is happening next term though
 

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You would think that most schools have done about one or two assessment tasks by now? So perhaps it would be based on these in a worst case scenario. Given the government is predicting to hold onto these restrictions for around 6 months, I reckon the most likely outcome is that it would be safe to hold HSC exams by October/November but internal assessments in the meantime would need to be conducted in some online format or not conducted at all.
 

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You would think that most schools have done about one or two assessment tasks by now? So perhaps it would be based on these in a worst case scenario. Given the government is predicting to hold onto these restrictions for around 6 months, I reckon the most likely outcome is that it would be safe to hold HSC exams by October/November but internal assessments in the meantime would need to be conducted in some online format or not conducted at all.
measning the hsc will be so fkn weightin?
 

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You would think that most schools have done about one or two assessment tasks by now? So perhaps it would be based on these in a worst case scenario. Given the government is predicting to hold onto these restrictions for around 6 months, I reckon the most likely outcome is that it would be safe to hold HSC exams by October/November but internal assessments in the meantime would need to be conducted in some online format or not conducted at all.
Many schools have chosen to suspend assessment tasks so have only one set, and furthermore many chose to hold so called “depth studies” and the required “mathematical assignment or investigation style task” in the previous term. As you may imagine, these tasks do not assess the content outcomes of the syllabus as well as as exams.

These restrictions will be in place for at least 6 months and possibly more, depending on how the situation evolves, and likely coincides with the period of remote learning. As can only be expected, online learning is substantially less effective than in school learning, and in light of this it is possible NESA will choose to reduce the syllabus and increase the weighting of their HSC exams.

Holding online exams is fraught with problems, the most critical of which is ensuring the integrity of the examination. Realistically, in the home setting students will find ways to cheat, even if they are under live surveillance. Additionally, online submission limits what can be tested, such as almost any working in math, as certainly you cannot expect students to learn LaTeX.
 

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The world has been brought to a halt given the current circumstances and as a society we are having to deal with so many changes at once. I can just imagine how stressed you guys are feeling. We’ve created a Google doc full of psychology services you can access given these unprecedented and unpredictable times. Click here to access it. Feel free to share it and feel free to reach out to me if you want more wellbeing resources 😊 We’re happy to help!
 

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