Mission and Purpose
Consistent with the National Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians, NESA’s mission is to support teachers, schools and sectors to offer all children and young people a high quality education that enables them to fulfil their potential, through schooling that:
NESA brings about change to improve student learning and wellbeing through:
NESA provides a forum for collaboration on key educational matters in NSW and works in partnership with students, parents, teachers, principals, school sectors and other stakeholders to identify issues and produce policy that supports teaching practice and student learning, and the attainment of high education standards in NSW.
Objectives and Functions
The Education Standards Authority Act 2013 (NESA Act) sets out NESA’s principal objectives. These are to:
NESA has functions under the education and teaching legislation in relation to:
Standards, informed by Evidence
The foundations of NESA’s work are standards that are developed through the analysis of data, research and the practical experience, wisdom and professional judgement of teachers and schools across the four domains of teaching quality, curriculum, assessment, and school regulation.
As an independent authority acting across school sectors, NESA identifies common and agreed standards and benchmarks for the jurisdiction as a whole.
NESA draws on evidence nationally and internationally to implement policy that generates improvements in the quality of teaching and student learning.
NESA draws together expertise from within the school sectors, universities and other professional groups and promotes evidence-based analysis, teacher judgement and policy within and on behalf of the teaching profession.
Values and Operating Principles
NESA’s work is underpinned by the following values and operating principles:
The Board of the NSW Education Standards Authority (the Board) is established by the NESA Act. The Board:
The Board has oversight over:
Board members exercise their functions in a manner that promotes the objectives of NESA and in the interests of students.