Record of School Achievement (ROSA)

Eligible students who leave school before receiving their Higher School Certificate (HSC) receive the NSW Record of School Achievement (RoSA).

The RoSA is of specific use to any student who leaves school before completing the HSC. It is a cumulative credential that allows students to accumulate their academic results from Years 9 to 12 (Stages 5 and 6) until they leave school. It also includes a record of participation in a range of vocational experiences, extra-curricular activities, citizenship and leadership achievements. Students will need to have completed the mandatory requirements for Stage 5 (Year 10) to be eligible for the RoSA.

Grades are used to report student achievement up, with Internal school assessment tasks used to determine the grade awarded to students.

Any time a student or school wants an up-to-date snapshot of a his academic progress, a transcript called a Student eRecord can be accessed via Schools Online or Students Online and printed or emailed. Students who go on to complete the HSC will see all their Stage 6 (Year 11 and 12) courses and results on their HSC. 

Detailed information on the RoSA can be found at the Board Of Studies NSW website: Record of School Achievement


RoSA – the key facts

Who is eligible to receive a RoSA?

Students will need to have completed the mandatory requirements for Stage 5 (Year 10) to be eligible for a RoSA. Only those eligible students who choose to leave school prior to receiving their HSC will receive a RoSA.

What will it show?

A RoSA shows grades for all the courses a student has completed up until the point they leave school – including those completed in Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12.

Why give grades?

Grading is a way of showing a student’s level of achievement in a course in a way that can be compared fairly between individual students. Giving grades in courses completed after Year 10 will also mean that every student gets acknowledgement for all the work they have done, right up to the time they leave school.

How will students get grades?

Students will be required to submit assessment tasks as delivered by their schools. Teachers will then use marks from those assessments to allocate a grade (from A to E) for each student at the end of the course. Teachers will submit those grades to the Board of Studies NSW for inclusion on the RoSA if required.

How can we be sure that grades are awarded consistently?

It is important for students, parents and employers that grades are awarded consistently. Teachers have a strong level of professional judgement and the Board of Studies NSW provides further support that further by offering workshops and online resources, including student work samples.

Why offer literacy/numeracy tests?

Parents and employers in particular are increasingly interested in having a clear affirmation of a student’s fundamental levels of literacy and numeracy. This measure will help provide valuable information to an employer when they are considering job candidates who have not completed their HSC.

The literacy/numeracy tests will also help students, parents and teachers determine if a student needs particular support in an area, or form the basis of further discussion about whether a student is ready to leave school.

Why record extra-curricular activities?

Increasingly, parents, students, employers and providers of further education are looking at more than a student’s level of academic attainment. This information can help form a more comprehensive picture of a student’s interests, commitments and achievements in areas other than school.