2018 Meet the Markers


Come meet the markers of the 2017 HSC science examinations.
What tips and tricks can they share with you that could inform your school’s teaching practice?
Open up, come on in, and join us for our Meet the Markers event.
Help your students unpack HSC questions with strategies you can use straight away.








Meet the Markers is STANSW’s flagship event held annually and endorsed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). MTM provides teachers with the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the setting of HSC examinations, as well as the marking processes and implementation of the HSC marking guidelines.

In 2018 the event has been expanded to incorporate sessions on assessment and feedback and assessment for depth studies.

Meet the Markers is for teachers at all stages of their teaching careers. Whether it is your first year teaching HSC science or if you are considering marking the HSC exams, or helping your students maximise their marks.

• discover what common mistakes students made in the 2017 Exam
• determine if you are marking to the same level of difficulty as the HSC
• Understand what the marking guidelines mean

Experienced markers will provide insights into the 2017 senior secondary HSC papers where candidature strengths, weaknesses and misconceptions will be discussed. Presented by HSC Markers with recent marking experience, MTM is an opportunity for teachers of each of the Science HSC courses to increase their understanding of the marking processes on the current year’s papers.


Workshop Listings:

1. Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and Senior Science:
 In this session, experienced markers of the HSC will discuss the marking of the 2017 exam. Presenters will emphasise the key features of high-quality exam responses as well as the difficulties that many students appeared to have.
Attendees are advised to bring a copy of the 2017 exam and a syllabus if desired.

2. NESA Processes & HSC Examinations:
In this session, an experienced representative of NESA will give an overview of the writing and marking processes for HSC examinations.

• The exam development process
• Developing a valid examination/items

3. NESA Marking Matters:
• The marking process - how do we ensure markers are awarding the correct mark?
• Standards setting - how do we align raw marks to the performance bands
• Moderation of assessment marks- why and how
• Post results (including an intro to RAP)
• Support materials

4. Using your students’ HSC results to improve teaching with RAP:
The Results Analysis Package (RAP), available from NESA, is a valuable tool to inform your teaching. In this session, you will see how to analyse your school’s HSC results to identify areas of the syllabus where improvements can be made in teaching and learning.

5.  VALID (previously ESSA)  VALID Science Yr 8 and Yr 10:
The extended response tasks are highly valued as they reveal student misconceptions about significant scientific concepts. Participants will be introduced to the SOLO taxonomy which underpins the holistic marking schemes for each of the three extended response tasks. This workshop will review the marking schemes for the tasks and outline the major misconceptions that were demonstrated by the students.  Participants will be shown the training that occurs as part of the in-school marking operation for VALID Science 10.

6.  Assessment and effective feedback:
Writing school-based assessment that effectively assesses learning is of critical importance. Participants will focus on feedback for assessment tasks by engaging with course outcomes. They will be shown some effective models for providing student feedback including rubric design and the use of formative assessment in Stage 6 (assessment ‘for’ and ‘as’ learning).

7. Consistency of allocating grades for Year 11:
The NESA Grade descriptors are an important part of school assessment and provide a benchmark for student work. Find out about how grade descriptors are applied to student work and how they are used for RoSA grading. Participants engage with student work examples to determine consistency of allocating grades.

8.  Assessment for Depth Studies:
Assessing different types of depth studies fairly is a challenge, or is it? Participants will learn how to construct a variety of assessments for depth studies that assesses the learning. Find out how to provide students with meaningful feedback during a depth study that will help them to evaluate and modify their work.


NESA Accreditation
Completing STANSW MTM will contribute 2 - 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 and 7.4.2 standards from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher accreditation.


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