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About the Common Grade Scale

The Common Grade Scale shown below can be used to report student achievement in both primary and junior secondary years in all NSW schools.

The Common Grade Scale describes performance at each of five grade levels.

AThe student has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the content and can readily apply this knowledge. In addition, the student has achieved a very high level of competence in the processes and skills and can apply these skills to new situations.
BThe student has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content and a high level of competence in the processes and skills. In addition, the student is able to apply this knowledge and these skills to most situations.
CThe student has a sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of competence in the processes and skills.
DThe student has a basic knowledge and understanding of the content and has achieved a limited level of competence in the processes and skills.
EThe student has an elementary knowledge and understanding in few areas of the content and has achieved very limited competence in some of the processes and skills.

Subject-specific Course Performance Descriptors have been developed for teachers to use in assigning grades in Stage 5. It is not intended that subject-specific course performance descriptors will be developed for other stages.

A to E grade scale translations
Arabic (PDF, 44k)
Translation not yet available for Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese (PDF, 76k)
Korean (PDF, 48k)
Spanish (PDF, 32k)
Turkish (PDF, 32k)
Vietnamese (PDF, 32k)
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