All HSC students will now meet the HSC Minimum Standard through short online tests in reading, writing and numeracy. Tests can be taken in Years 10, 11 or 12, in a process similar to obtaining the NSW Learner Drivers Licence.
Education Minister Rob Stokes said having a minimum standard to receive the HSC from 2020 ensures all students who receive the HSC have the literacy and numeracy skills to succeed in life after school.
“These tests are available for students to take anytime their teachers think they are ready, removing the stress and protecting the value of the HSC,” Mr Stokes said.
The new requirements come following detailed consultation with teachers, parents and school communities.