Meet the Markers 2015

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Saturday 23 May 2015
University of NSW, Kensington




Meet the Markers is STANSW’s accredited flagship event held annually and endorsed by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). 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.

The event has been expanded to incorporate sessions on constructing examination questions and marking criteria and the RoSA and HSC examination processes, presented by BOSTES Officers.

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; MTM is for you.

• discover what common mistakes students made in the 2014 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 2014 senior secondary HSC papers where candidature strengths, weaknesses and misconceptions will be discussed:

•    Biology
•    Physics
•    Chemistry
•    Senior Science
•    Earth and Environmental Science

In 2014, ESSAonline expanded to include Year 8 and Year 10. Schools marked their own extended tasks. Participants can experience the online training packages used for in-school marking. Find out what ESSA has learned about Year 6 students’ understanding of Science and Technology.

Trial STANSW’s latest online course: Senior Secondary Marking Experience. This online workshop is designed to provide a Meet-the-Markers experience to Science teachers from rural and remote and non-metropolitan locations. Check it out.


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.

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 2014 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 2014 exam and a syllabus if desired.


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

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


3. BOSTES 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 the BOSTES, 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.  ESSAonline - Year 8, Year 10, (NEW) Year 6:
Contains three written tasks. Written tasks are valued because they vividly 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 tasks. This workshop is a condensed version of the marking schemes and processes developed for the corporate marking centre. The workshop is conducted online.



6. Senior SECONDARY Science Marking Experience (online)

Welcome to the STANSW HSC Marking experience. The course has been designed by experienced HSC markers to provide you with an authentic marking experience. Please note that is not meant to be an comprehensive analysis of the HSC. You will find out the strengths and weakness of the candidature for selected questions. You will mark a range of scripts using HSC marking guidelines for selected questions


Terms and Conditions
Half Day registration is available to those seeking to attend only 2 workshops, accredited for 2.5 hours.  Half Day registrants can only attend the morning program, session 1 and 2.   Participants are required to bring a copy of the relevant syllabus(es) for their subject workshops. Delegates MUST register individually and cannot share registration with another Full Day registrant.  NB that prior registration is required for this event. No ON-SITE registration will be available.



Full Day Attendance
Non-Members ($340)
Members ($230)

Half Day Attendance
Non-Members ($180)
Members  ($130)


This event is registered with the BOSTES and addresses the following National Professional Standards for Teachers. Delegates must remember to sign the session sheets provided at the registration table after each session or before they leave for the day. Delegates must attend half day or full day (ie) 2 or 4 sessions (75mins/workshop) for their hours to be counted towards professional competence.


Australian Professional Teaching Standards

Addresses the following National Professional Standards for Teachers:

5.3.2 Understand and participate in assessment moderation activities to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning
6.3.2 Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve personal knowledge and practice
7.4.2 Participate in professional and community network forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice

STANSW AGM (1.15pm)

STANSW Members are cordially invited to attend this Annual General Meeting of the Association, to be held before lunch.   A quorum of twenty (20) members entitled to vote must be present at the time when the meeting proceeds to business. We hope that all individual members and one representative from a faculty membership would attend the meeting.



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Completing STANSW MTM will contribute 2 - 5 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing  5.3.2, 6.3.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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