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NSW Syllabuses

Adjustments to Assessment for Students with Special Education Needs

Some students with special education needs will require adjustments to assessment practices in order to demonstrate what they know and can do in relation to syllabus outcomes and content. These may include: 

  • adjustments to the assessment process. Some examples include additional time, rest breaks, the use of a reader and/or scribe or specific technology
  • adjustments to assessment activities. Some examples include rephrasing questions, using simplified language or alternative formats for questions
  • alternative formats for responses. Some examples include writing in point form instead of essays, scaffolded structured responses, short objective questions or multimedia presentations.

It is a requirement under the Disability Standards for Education 2005 for schools to ensure that assessment tasks are accessible to students with a disability. Schools are responsible for any decisions made at school level to offer adjustments to course work, assessment tasks and in-schools tests.

Further examples of adjustments to assessment for students with special education needs and information on assessment of students undertaking Life Skills outcomes and content can be found in support materials for:

  • Special education needs
  • Life Skills Years 7–10.

Also in assessment: