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The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) is the Western Australian Government certification authority responsible for setting the curriculum for over 1100 schools from Kindergarten to Year 12. Reporting directly to the Western Australian Minister for Education and Training, the SCSA is administered by a board of educators with experience in curriculum and assessment from early childhood to post-graduate university level.
Our curriculum experts are experienced educators who excel in supporting teachers to achieve the best possible outcomes for their students. Our approach to designing the curriculum is based on evidence gathered from teachers working in Western Australian schools, and validated by university-based academics, curriculum specialists and measurement experts. The SCSA conducts regular quality reviews to ensure the curriculum remains relevant and focused on students, their learning needs and aspirations.
The SCSA has been licensing international schools to deliver its curriculum programs overseas for more than 32 years. Schools currently licensed to deliver the SCSA’s curriculum programs are located in Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. Through the SCSA's curriculum and support provided to international schools, students are able to access a range of desired post-school study and work options.
The SCSA has a rich tradition of providing world-class curriculum programs to Western Australian and international schools. These curriculum programs, adopted and adapted from the Australian Curriculum, are relevant to students' learning needs and aspirations, evidence-based and forward-focused.
The SCSA has set a minimum standard for students in Year 12 for literacy and numeracy based on the Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3. This is a standard regarded as essential for individuals to meet the demands of everyday work and life in a knowledge-based economy.
We are also committed to helping students develop transferrable skills, such as:
These skills are integral to enable students to navigate an increasingly interconnected world, including embarking upon further education, training and work.
By completing our curriculum programs, each year thousands of students have gained entry into:
We use the latest international research on effective assessment practice to develop support materials for teaching and learning in schools. By reviewing thousands of authentic student work samples from all year levels and year-level syllabuses, we capture a wide range of student achievement. We consult with experienced classroom teachers to independently analyse and validate the ranking of student work samples.
Making a difference to students, their teachers and school communities is at the heart of our work. Our education programs and support are defined by the following four pillars.