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Southern Cross School of Distance Education

Southern Cross School of Distance Education

Providing quality distance education since 1995

Assessment and reporting

Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess student learning. These include observing participation in online classes, marking online and written work, as well as other tasks throughout the year.

Twice a year, teachers formally assess a student’s achievement based on the outcomes described in the syllabus of each subject.

As a parent or carer of a primary-aged child, you’ll receive a written report using the common grade scale in the first half of the year, usually near the end of Term 2, and again in Term 4. It gives you a clear picture of your child’s achievements – what they know and can do.

In Years 7 to 10, we use the common grade scale in reporting. In Year 11, we use the Preliminary grade scale.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are assessed on achievement of competencies.


All students entered for any HSC course in 2024 must read the HSC Rules and Procedures guide

In signing your Confirmation of Entry, you are certifying you have read this guide.


We provide detailed information to students about what we expect from them throughout the year and how their work will be assessed. Students have a number of formal assessments throughout their schooling.

Our assessment guidelines explain the rules for assessment tasks at Southern Cross. Assessment schedules are also included to help students prepare and plan for assessment tasks throughout the year. 

Students and supervisors should read our assessment guidelines for high school students. 

Years 11 and 12

Carefully check your assessment schedule in the guidelines below and plan your work accordingly. Notify your teacher as soon as possible if you have a problem with any assessment task. 

2024 – Year 11 assessment guidelines

2024 – Year 12 assessment guidelines

2024 – Compressed course assessment guidelines for Years 11 and 12

Years 9 and 10

Students in Years 9 and 10 are assessed formally and informally. They receive a course assessment schedule from each of their subject teachers at the start of the course.

2024 – Stage 5 assessment guidelines

Years 7 and 8

Assessment in Years 7 and 8 is both formal and informal. Students may receive an assessment schedule from their class teacher. To be eligible for the Record of School Achievement (ROSA) in Year 10, students in Years 7 and 8 must complete all mandatory subjects.

2024 – Stage 4 assessment guidelines

Assessment in vocational education and training

Visit NESA's vocational education and training pages for more information.

Record of School Achievement

Students are eligible for their ROSA from the end of Year 10. To learn more, read NESA's Record of School Achievement information.

Need more help?

Students can contact their subject teachers or head teacher of the faculty for detailed information about their courses. For general assessment information contact the curriculum head teacher.

Additional resources about external assessments and tests can be found through the links below.