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Intro to the new Commerce Framework

Posted on 13 Jan 2023

This TQI accredited workshop is for educators new to the ACT Senior Secondary System looking for understanding of curriculum and assessment for the new Commerce Framework.

Date: Thursday, 23 February 2023

Venue: Callam Offices

Time: 9am-12pm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/UcVXUh3Ywg

Flyer:  Intro to Frameworks

Online module available:  BSSS Workshops - ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies



Intro to the Arts Framework

Posted on 13 Jan 2023

This TQI accredited workshop is for educators new to the ACT Senior Secondary System looking for understanding of curriculum and assessment for the Arts Framework.

Date: Wednesday, 22 February 2023

Venue: Callam Offices

Time:  1-4pm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/UcVXUh3Ywg

Flyer: Intro to Frameworks

Online module available:  BSSS Workshops - ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies



Intro to the Maths Framework

Posted on 13 Jan 2023

This TQI accredited workshop is for  educators new to the ACT Senior Secondary System looking for understanding of curriculum and assessment for the Mathematics Framework.

Date: Wednesday 22 February 2023

Venue:  Callam Offices

Time:  9am-12pm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/UcVXUh3Ywg

Flyer:  Intro to the Mathematics Framework

Online workshop available:  BSSS Workshops - ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies



Intro to the English Framework

Posted on 13 Jan 2023

This TQI accredited workshop is for educators new to the ACT Senior Secondary System looking for understanding of curriculum and assessment for the English Framework.

Date: Tuesday 21 February 2023

Venue: Callam Offices

Time: 1-4pm

Register here:  https://forms.office.com/r/UcVXUh3Ywg

Flyer:  Intro to Frameworks

Online module available:  BSSS Workshops - ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies



Quality Assessment Guidelines

Posted on 13 Jan 2023

This TQI accredited workshop explores the Quality Assessment Guidelines and gives an overview of all the criteria.

Opportunities will be given for teachers to critique assessment tasks and reflect on how they design assessment tasks.

Venue: Callam Offices

Date: Tuesday, 21 February 2023

Time:  9am-12pm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/JQMrGvMMEp

Flyer:  Quality Assessment Guidelines



New to Leadership in the ACT Senior Secondary System

Posted on 13 Jan 2023

This workshop is designed for educators new to leadership positions in the ACT Senior Secondary System.

Date:  Monday, 20 February 2023

Venue: Callam Offices

Time:  9am-12pm

Register here:  https://forms.office.com/r/xQUmRhtpRV

Flyer:  New to leadership in the ACT Senior Secondary System



School based Moderation and Meshing

Posted on 12 Jan 2023

This TQI accredited workshop is for educators who are interested in looking at school internal moderation and meshing processes and how to develop and document these for robust, transparent and valid assessment item and unit scores.

This workshop is quite technical and mathematical in nature.

Date:  Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Venue: Callam Offices

Time:  1 - 4pm

Register here:  https://forms.office.com/r/upXyFUbSt1

Flyer:  School based moderation and meshing workshop



Introduction to the BSSS - for new teachers

Posted on 10 Jan 2023

We encourage all teachers new to the ACT Senior Secondary System to attend this TQI accredited PL, or complete the online workshop option.

Venue: Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning (HBCTL - Fremantle Drive Stirling)

Date: Friday, 10 February 2023

Time: 9am - 3pm

Register here:  https://forms.office.com/r/3Dq2sBDUPv

Flyer: Intro to BSSS



Congratulations to all graduating students

Posted on 15 Dec 2022

Media Release about the 2022 Graduating Class

Board Chair's speech from Recognition of Excellence



BSSS Newsletter Spring 2022

Posted on 10 Oct 2022

The Office of the BSSS is delighted to launch the first issue of our newsletter for teaching staff. Inside, you will find articles about changes to policy and courses, including VET and appeals; information about the AST; and advice about using ACS including the bulk-entering of grades. Download it here: BSSS News Spring 2022



Leading a Senior Secondary Assessment in your School

Posted on 27 Sep 2022

Three-hour workshop designed for all School Leaders new to ACT Senior Secondary

Venue: Callam Offices Woden

Date: Friday 21 October 2022

Time: 9am-12pm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/6nzzHqHXKa

Flyer - Leading Assessment in your school


Topics:

  • Programs of Learning
  • General Capabilities
  • Quality Assessment
  • Appeals
  • Interpreting Data

Quality Assessment Guidelines September

Posted on 12 Aug 2022

This three-hour TQI accredited workshop explores the Quality Assessment Guidelines and gives an overview of all the criteria. Opportunities will be given for teachers to critique assessment tasks and reflect on how they design assessment tasks.

Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams

Date: Thursday 15 September 2022

Time: 9am-12pm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/QxZxwYHZYy

Flyer - Quality Assessment Guidelines



Designing a Program of Learning

Posted on 06 Jul 2022

This workshop explores the relationship between frameworks, courses, and programs of learning.

Teachers will be guided through the curriculum writing process to develop programs of learning.

It is suitable for all senior secondary teachers.

Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams

Date: Wednesday 21 September 2022

Time: 9- 12pm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/c3xqGgAKuq

Flyer - Designing a Program of Learning



Curriculum Planning: The new Commerce Framework

Posted on 06 Jul 2022

This three-hour TQI accredited workshop is for Commerce teachers who teach in the senior secondary sector. It will allow teachers to consider the implications of the Commerce Achievement Standards and Framework for their teaching and assessment.

Venue: Online via Teams

Time: 12-3pm

Date: Thursday 3 November 2022

Register here:  https://forms.office.com/r/BSTZvQPYrA

Flyer - The new Commerce Framework



Curriculum Planning: The Arts Framework

Posted on 06 Jul 2022

This three-hour TQI accredited online course will guide teachers through examining and reflecting on the new Arts Framework and courses for 2022. It will provide ideas for consideration and encourage reflection on existing  practice and future requirements.

Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams

Date: Tuesday 30 August 2022

Time: 9-12pm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/yyMKiwLyX0

Flyer - The Arts Framework



Curriculum Planning: The Science Framework

Posted on 04 Jul 2022

This workshop is offered to Science teachers to allow them to reflect on the new Framework and the changes this brings with it.

Teachers will get the opportunity to work on a current Science unit and be guided through the process of updating it to reflect the parameters of the new Framework.


Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams

Date: Tuesday 13 September 2022

Time: 9am-12pm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/2mvpnbh8a5

Flyer - Curriculum Planning: Science


Quality Assessment Guidelines

Posted on 04 Jul 2022

This three-hour TQI accredited workshop explores the Quality Assessment Guidelines and gives an overview of all the criteria. Opportunities will be given for teachers to critique assessment tasks and reflect on how they design assessment tasks.

Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams

Date: Tuesday 16 August 2022

Time: 9am-12pm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/QxZxwYHZYy

Flyer - Quality Assessment Guidelines



Surveying Scaling

Posted on 04 Jul 2022

This workshop focuses on the way in which assessment is compared across subjects and across colleges through scaling. It will also cover the importance of accurate meshing and using discriminating assessment items. A knowledge of certification processes is required for teachers attending this workshop.

Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams

Date: Monday 8 August 2022

Time: 1 - 4pm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/bJD8uFC5fg

Flyer -  Surveying Scaling



Curriculum Planning: The Mathematics Framework

Posted on 01 Jul 2022

This workshop will familiarise teachers with the Mathematics Framework.

They will:

  • consider assessment options
  • calibrate understanding of the Achievement Standards
  • analyse curriculum coverage
  • analyse assessment parameter

Venue: Online via Teams meeting

Date: Tuesday 19 July 2022

Time: 9am - 12pm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/GNGPCsgNV5

Flyer -  Curriculum Planning: The Mathematics Framework



Introduction to the BSSS - for new teachers

Posted on 01 Jul 2022

A workshop for teachers new to the ACT Senior Secondary system.

Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams

Date: Thursday 28 July 2022

Time: 9am - 3pm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/LnSvtgsNFD

Flyer - Introduction to the BSSS - for new teachers



Shape of Moderation

Posted on 03 May 2022

The Shape of ACT Quality Assurance – System Moderation Report outlines a model to enhance processes to support the quality and comparability of grade judgements across schools and building teacher capacity to develop high quality assessment.


In 2018, the Board endorsed recommendations made by a cross sectorial committee. The purpose of this review was to examine existing BSSS assessment and moderation policies and procedures to determine if changes are required to meet future needs within a continuous school-based assessment and consensus peer-based moderation system. The Office of the Board of Senior Secondary Studies has worked in collaboration with senior secondary teachers to implement these recommendations.

The report proposes a multidimensional strategy for BSSS Moderation Day with the following key features:

  • a range of moderation tasks including student portfolio unit grade agreement, moderation of individual assessment tasks, blind moderation of single or multiple assessment tasks, assessment instrument review and evaluation of a program of learning
  • targeted and automated moderation processes (i.e. flexible moderation cycle and processes which encompass years 11/12 work across Semester 1-4 including item by item and wholistic moderation)
  • provision of annotated assessment tasks and student work informed by the BSSS Achievement Standards and Quality Assessment Guidelines.

The full report can be viewed here: BSSS Shape of Moderation Report for Public Consultation (1035 KB)

Public consultation occurred from Thursday 5 May - Tuesday 31 May 2022.

A series of public consultation forums were be held on the following days:

Thursday 12 May 3.00-5.00pm

Tuesday 17 May 8.30-10.00am

Thursday 19 May 3.30-5.00pm


ACT BSSS Recognition of Excellence Ceremony 2021

Posted on 16 Dec 2021

On Monday 13 December the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies celebrated the achievements of Year 12 students at the Recognition of Excellence Awards at the Canberra Theatre.


The ceremony acknowledged the achievements of individual students across five areas:

  • Community Service Award
  • Excellence in a Course Area Award
  • Vocational Studies Award
  • Academic Studies Award
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award

Members of the BSSS Student Forum were also recognised for their contribution to the ACT Senior Secondary system throughout 2021.

The Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Ms Yvette Berry, praised students for their achievements, adaptability and proactive approach to their studies during 2020 and 2021.

All students are congratulated for their wonderful achievements.

Recognition of Excellence 2021 - Digital Program

2021 Media Release


BSSS Review of C and E Course Classifications

Posted on 21 Sep 2021

The public consultation period has now closed. The committee will now consider all feedback that has been received through written submission, public consultation forums and survey questions. 

Review of C and E Course Classifications - Public Consultation

Posted on 13 Aug 2021

The Review of C and E Course Classifications: Report has been developed in response to the terms of reference endorsed by the Board in November 2020.Feedback can be provided using the Survey Monkey link here . Face-to-face consultation will be held during August and September 2021 at the Office of the Board of Senior Secondary Studies. Dates and time for these events will be confirmed soon.



Public Consultation - Draft BSSS Courses

Posted on 13 Aug 2021

The draft BSSS courses for Early Childhood Studies, Construction Pathways, Psychology, Social and Community Work, Sociology, Tourism and Event Management are available for public consultation.

Copies of each draft course, along with a link to provide feedback, can be found on the Curriculum Development Page. The consultation period for all courses closes midday on Wednesday 18 August 2021.



Public Consultation – Draft BSSS Shape Papers

Posted on 19 Apr 2021

The Draft BSSS Shape Papers for Psychology, Sociology, Early Childhood Studies, Social and Community Work, and Tourism and Event Management are now available for public consultation.


Copies of each Draft Shape Paper along with a link to provide feedback can be found on the Curriculum Development Page. The consultation period for all shape papers closes on Thursday 29 April 2021.


AST 2021

Posted on 15 Apr 2021

As the ACT is in lockdown, the AST has been postponed until Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 October 2021.

ACT Scaling Test (AST)



COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Posted on 15 Apr 2021

Advice for Students and Parents/Carers
A Message from the BSSS Executive Director
A Message from the BSSS Board Chair
Frequently Asked Questions
General Information
Assessment during COVID-19 and lockdown