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Malpractice in HSC Assessment Tasks

Following a review of corruption risks associated with HSC take-home assessment tasks, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) recommended that, with input from the secondary education sector, the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) develop a system for centrally recording, assessing and analysing the number and type of misconduct incidents that occur in the HSC assessment program and submitted works.

After extensive negotiation with schools and sectors, and a trial program, a register of malpractice in HSC assessment tasks was implemented in 2014.

Schools with HSC candidates were required to maintain a register of all instances where a student was found to have engaged in malpractice in a school-based assessment task, the subject concerned, the nature of the offence and the penalty applied. Details were recorded such that an individual student could not be identified.

At the end of 2014, BOSTES aggregated the register data so that individual schools could not be identified.

The following tables report and analyse the aggregated data. Schools may want to reflect on the nature of offences and penalties imposed in their school, compared with all other schools in the state.

The current malpractice register is available at Schools Online.

2015 HSC assessment malpractice data

A total of 206 schools registered 719 offences involving 623 students.

Number of offences by course

Assessment types and offences committed

Offences and penalties imposed

2014 HSC assessment malpractice data

A total of 204 schools registered 630 offences involving 485 students.

Number of offences by course

Assessment types and offences committed

Offences and penalties imposed

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