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Quality of the educational program

The Education Act requires that NESA assess the quality of the educational program in deciding whether the requirements of Record of School Achievement and/or Higher School Certificate courses of study are being complied with.

NESA will assess the quality of the educational program through:

  • the record (if any) of achievement of students
  • records to demonstrate the standard of teaching of courses at the school, and
  • the facilities provided at the school for the courses.

Records of student achievement

Registered and accredited non-government schools will have in place and implement processes by which they can record the achievement of students.

The achievement of students may be demonstrated by a number of indicators. These indicators may include:

  • results of external examinations such as the HSC and NAPLAN (if available)
  • qualitative and/or quantitative internal and/or external assessment results that can be used to assess a cohort's improvement over time
  • samples of student work.

Evidence of capacity to comply

A registration system and/or proposed member school must provide evidence of:

  • a documented process for maintaining records to demonstrate student achievement
  • a documented process for maintaining records to demonstrate the standard of teaching courses at the school such as evidence of
    • the consistency between syllabus  outcomes, the scope and sequence of the learning/units of work, teaching programs and learning activities, assessment records and schedules and samples of student work
  • student evaluation and teacher reflection/evaluation of teaching and learning activities
  • progressive achievement of students overtime
  • the school’s analysis of student achievement data to inform teaching and learning
  • a documented process for maintaining records to demonstrate student engagement in learning

Standard of teaching and student engagement in learning

Evidence of capacity to comply
 

A registration system and/or proposed member school must provide evidence of:

  • a documented process for maintaining records to demonstrate student achievement
  • a documented process for maintaining records to demonstrate the standard of teaching courses at the school such as evidence of:
    – the consistency between syllabus outcomes, the scope and sequence of the learning/units of work, teaching programs and learning activities, assessment records and schedules, and samples of student work
    – student evaluation and teacher reflection/evaluation of teaching and learning activities
    – progressive achievement of students overtime
    – the school’s analysis of student achievement data to inform teaching and learning
  • a documented process for maintaining records to demonstrate student engagement in learning.

School facilities

Registered and accredited non-government schools will have in place processes by which they can demonstrate that the facilities provided at the school are adequate for the courses taught at the school.
 

Registered and accredited non-government schools need to provide assurance that the educational facilities are adequate to meet all mandatory requirements for the courses of study throughout their registration and accreditation period.

Evidence of capacity to comply

A registration system and/or proposed member school must provide evidence of a range of educational facilities, including ICTs, it will have in place for each of the courses it intends to offer, taking into account potential student numbers, the range of student learning needs, whether the facilities will be on-site or off-site and the frequency of access to off-site facilities.

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