08 Mar 2012
Legislation is to be introduced to create the Record of School Achievement (RoSA), a credential for students leaving school prior to receiving their HSC.
Fully implemented, the RoSA will:
- Be a record of the full range of student achievements right up to the day they do their HSC or leave school
- Provide an electronic record of achievements that students can use at any time
- Use assessment by teachers in schools, moderated by the Board of Studies NSW to ensure reliability and fairness of grades
- Provide the capacity to record vocational courses and students' vocational experiences as well as citizenship and leadership achievements such as First Aid courses, community languages courses and Duke of Edinburgh awards
- Offer on-line literacy and numeracy tests, with particular emphasis on work readiness, that students will be able to undertake twice a year from next year.
In a media release dated 16th February 2012, the NSW Minister for Education, the Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP, announced, "The RoSA will be available electronically and as a verifiable hard copy on demand with the most up-to date information on a student's achievements, across all subjects and a range of extra-curricular activities.
"The Board of Studies NSW has consulted widely with the teaching and broader community to ensure the RoSA balances the need to encourage students to stay at school for their HSC, while still offering a meaningful credential to those who choose to leave earlier."
Mr Piccoli said the formal RoSA credential would be awarded to eligible students who choose to leave school prior to receiving their HSC, while still allowing students to view and download a transcript of their achievements when applying for jobs or further education or training.