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NSW Education Standards Authority defends 'cruel' HSC maths exam

NSW Education Standards Authority defends 'cruel' HSC maths exam

NESA chief executive officer Paul Martin said he understood families were upset, but that the exams were designed to be fair and challenging for students.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos

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VCE performance students hit on ways to sing to an audience in caged city

Students at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School have overcome two COVID-19 closures and the pressure of practising their routines at home.

  • by Adam Carey
Graduations are go but green light comes too late for many students
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Graduations are go but green light comes too late for many students

Schools are free to hold graduation ceremonies this term but the reprieve came too late for many that have already locked in virtual plans.

  • by Adam Carey and Louise Blair-West
It's the hardest question in the HSC. Could you solve it?
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It's the hardest question in the HSC. Could you solve it?

This year's brain-teaser was an "integration" problem: the technique used to figure out the area or volume of unusual shapes or curves. Whether you could crack it determined 11 per cent of your total mark.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
HSC exam halls may not be evacuated under new protocols following email threats
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HSC exam halls may not be evacuated under new protocols following email threats

Cybercrime Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Matt Craft said police would assess each email threat on a "case by case basis".

  • by Laura Chung
'We couldn't do our jobs without maths': why the subject is not just for engineers
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'We couldn't do our jobs without maths': why the subject is not just for engineers

Olympian Steven Solomon, fashion editor Kellie Hush and celebrity teacher Eddie Woo have joined forces to improve the state's dismal maths results.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
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Call for University of Sydney to stop job losses amid unexpected revenue
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Call for University of Sydney to stop job losses amid unexpected revenue

The University of Sydney will earn almost as much in student revenue this year as it expected before the pandemic hit.

  • by Jordan Baker
'One of the hardest exams I've come across': New maths common content splits HSC students
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'One of the hardest exams I've come across': New maths common content splits HSC students

Monday's maths exams have been criticised by some students who did not feel prepared for the level of difficulty in new common questions. Test them here yourself.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
'We've been away for so long': Cheers and fears as year 8 to 10 students return to class
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'We've been away for so long': Cheers and fears as year 8 to 10 students return to class

Melbourne’s year 8 to 10 students have made their long-awaited return to the classroom after losing the most face-to-face schooling of all year levels since the city went into lockdown.

  • by Adam Carey
'Difficult to know what to expect': Students put new HSC maths course to the test
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'Difficult to know what to expect': Students put new HSC maths course to the test

Extension 2 students are waiting to see what twists are in store. Previous "impossibly hard" questions about circular geometry have been removed from the syllabus this year.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
An innovative way to help public schools raise money
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An innovative way to help public schools raise money

Spring is fundraising season, but the pandemic has crushed most schools’ ability to host trivia nights, raffles and fetes. Here's how we can help.

  • by Caroline Milburn