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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)

The BSSS invites your feedback through completion of an online survey or by attending an online forum.

The online survey is available at:

The forums will 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

Please use the following link below to register your attendance:

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

Framework and Course Redevelopment in 2022

Posted on 17 Nov 2021

Teachers interested in being involved in the redevelopment or accreditation of the following Framework or courses in semester one 2022 may submit an Expression of Interest via the link below.

  • Commerce Framework
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Australian and Global Politics
  • Legal Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Agriculture
  • Interdisciplinary Science- Flight, Forestry, Oceanography

Expression of Interest Submission:

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