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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



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