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Results sheets, online submission, and materials collection — Stage 2 investigations
Information sheet 51
Stage 2 subjects for which school assessment materials are submitted in hard copy are collected from schools by the SACE Board courier.
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External assessment components other than performances and examinations are categorised as ‘investigations’ for operational purposes.
Investigations are assessed by teachers and also by external markers who are appointed by the SACE Board, with references to the performance standards for the relevant subject.
For each Stage 2 subject that has an investigation as the external assessment component, the investigation is submitted to the SACE Board for external marking after it has been marked by the teacher.
Results sheets in Schools Online
Results for subjects with an investigation as the external assessment component should be submitted using the Stage 2 investigations results sheets in Schools Online.
A student who does not attempt an external assessment will receive a zero for the external assessment component, and a scaled score of zero.
In Semester 1, Stage 2 investigation results sheets are submitted in one round for Research Project A and Research Project B (results due June).
- Research Project A – Review
- Research Project B – Evaluation
In Semester 2, Stage 2 investigation results sheets are submitted in three rounds – Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3.
Schools access Stage 2 investigation results sheets in Schools Online. These results sheets are available for the periods shown below:
|Marking round||Subjects||Investigation results sheets available in Schools Online||Investigation results sheets due at the SACE Board|
|Semester 1||Research Project A |
Research Project B
(results due June)
|Semester 2 — Round 1||Round 1 marking||Mid-September||Late September|
|Semester 2 — Round 2||Round 2 marking||Mid-September||Late October|
|Semester 2 — Round 3||Round 3 marking||Mid-September||Late October|
All student work for external assessment must be completed, submitted to the teacher, and assessed before the investigation results sheets are completed.
The principal, or principal’s delegate verifies the investigation results sheets and submits them to the SACE Board by the due date.
The due date for teachers in Schools Online is automatically set to 3 working days before the SACE Board due date to allow time for the principal or the principal’s delegate to check and verify the results before submitting them to the SACE Board. The principal or principal’s delegate has the ability to adjust the teacher due dates for his or her school.
This is the final opportunity for schools to make enrolment changes (additions or withdrawals). Once results sheets have been submitted to the SACE Board, requests for changes will be approved by the relevant executive manager only in exceptional circumstances.
Advice for teachers
Teachers access investigation results sheets in Schools Online in order to:
- record the final results for the students at their school
- submit the completed results sheet to the principal’s delegate of the assessment school for authorisation
- submit materials for subjects selected for online submission.
The columns on the investigation results sheets, reading from the left, are as follows:
- ‘Student Name’ – listing students’ names alphabetically
- ‘Registration’ – listing the students’ SACE registration numbers.
- ‘Evaluation Max 30’ – blank column in which the teacher records student results as a mark out of 30 for the external assessment type in a subject. When a student does not provide any evidence for the assessment type, the student should be withdrawn.
- ‘Grade’ – this column is automatically populated with a grade A+ to E— that corresponds to the mark out of 30 entered in the previous column.
- ‘Special Provisions’ – this column will show ‘P’ (pending) once the SACE Board has received an application for special provisions, ‘Y’ when the application has been considered and approved, and ‘N’ when the application has been considered and special provisions have not been granted.
- ‘Potential Breaches’ – tick the box in this column to indicate a potential breach of rules by a student.
- ‘Withdrawn’ – tick the box in this column to withdraw the student’s external assessment component. (Note a ‘Withdraw’ on the investigation online results sheet does not withdraw the student from the subject).
- ‘Student Materials’ – is used by teachers of subjects selected for online submission to submit student materials.
- To add an enrolment and results, select ‘Add student’ on the school assessment results sheet.
- Teachers should take care when entering results in each column.
- Teachers must check that all information on the investigations results sheet is accurate before sending the completed results sheet to the principal or the principal’s delegate.
- Refer to Information sheet 3 for advice on completing Form 2 following a breach of rules by a student.
- Refer to Information sheet 58 for advice about special provisions for a student’s school assessment.
For subjects with student materials that are collected from schools by the SACE Board courier, teachers will be prompted to print the Stage 2 Investigation Packing Checklist in Schools Online.
Preparation and collection of hard copy materials
The following instructions are provided for subjects with hard copy materials that are collected from schools by the SACE Board courier for marking.
The SACE Board provides class envelopes for submitting investigations.
The teacher assesses each student’s investigation and then submits all investigations for the class to the SACE Board for external assessment.
Subject-specific packaging instructions and a link to external assessment cover sheets are available in the subject operational information for each subject.
The assessed student work and a completed Stage 2 investigation packing checklist, which is available in Schools Online should be submitted using the class envelope provided by the SACE Board.
- When submitting the results sheet to the principal or principal’s delegate, teachers will be prompted to print the Stage 2 packing checklist.
- The investigation, if written, must be submitted on white A4 paper. It must be stapled at the top left-hand corner. It may be handwritten, or word processed.
- Teachers should attach the external assessment cover sheet for the relevant subject.
- The school number and students’ SACE registration numbers must be used instead of school and student names.
- Each page must include the SACE registration number.
- Materials should be in a format that is accessible during external assessment. If materials are presented in electronic form, a separate CD-R, DVD—/+R, or USB drive must be used for each.
- Teachers should also refer to Preparation of non-written materials and Submission of electronic files.
- Teachers must not put any comments, ticks, corrections, or results information on student’s work. Teachers of all subjects except Community Studies should refer to the conversion table on the investigation results sheet in Schools Online and assign a mark out of 30, based on the relevant specific features. Teachers of Community Studies submit a grade.
- Teachers are required to access investigation results sheets in Schools Online.
- Requests for changes to results that have been submitted to the SACE Board will be approved by the Executive Manager, Curriculum and Assessment only in exceptional circumstances. Requested changes may require additional marking. Any costs incurred for additional marking may be passed on to the school.
- For student work that will not be available by the submission date because of exceptional circumstances, Form 31 must be submitted to the SACE Board before the collection dates.
Courier collection dates for hard copy submissions
Investigations for subjects that are submitted in hard copy are collected from schools by the SACE Board courier in three Rounds – Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3. To support students and teachers to manage the workload, schools may develop policies and set due dates in accordance with SACE Board policy.
Class envelopes containing investigations will be collected from schools according to the following timetable. SACE coordinators should ensure that materials are available for collection by the SACE Board courier early on the dates outlined in the online calendar.
- Subjects scheduled for Round 1 — end-September
- Subjects scheduled for Round 2 — There are no Round 2 subjects to be collected by the SACE Board courier.
- Subjects scheduled for Round 3 — early-November
The investigation materials for the following Stage 2 subjects will be submitted to the SACE Board in hard copy. Investigations for these subjects are collected from schools by the SACE Board courier. Details of courier arrangements will be sent to schools at the appropriate time:
- Creative Arts
- Visual Arts – Art
- Visual Arts – Design
See Online submission of materials for information about online submission of external assessment materials including file naming, file format, FAQs, and training videos.
Round 1 subjects
Investigation materials for these Round 1 subjects are submitted online. These materials will not be collected by the courier:
|Agricultural Production||Production investigation|
|Agricultural Systems||Experimental investigation|
|English Literary Studies||Comparative text study|
|Food and Hospitality||Investigation|
|Scientific Studies||Individual inquiry|
|Society and Culture||Investigation|
Hard copy submission
Investigation materials for these Round 1 subjects are not submitted online. These materials will be collected by the SACE Board courier.
|Visual Arts — Art||Visual study|
|Visual Arts — Design||Visual study|
Round 2 subjects
Investigation materials for these Round 2 subjects are submitted online. These materials will not be collected by the courier.
|Business and Enterprise (10-credit subject)||Issues study|
|Business and Enterprise (20-credit subject)||Report|
|Design and Technology||Folio|
|Earth and Environmental Science||Earth systems study|
|Essential English||Language study|
|Information Processing and Publishing||Product and documentation|
|Integrated Learning||Personal endeavour|
|Language and Culture||Investigation|
|Music Performance – Ensemble||Performance portfolio|
|Music Performance – Solo||Performance portfolio|
|Women’s Studies||Issues analysis|
Hard copy submission
There are no Round 2 subjects to be collected by the SACE Board courier.
Round 3 subjects
Investigation materials for these Round 3 subjects are submitted online. These materials will not be collected by the courier.
|Australian Languages (all subjects)||Issues study|
|Community Studies A||Reflection|
|Community Studies B||Community application activity|
|Digital Technologies||Individual digital solution|
|Music Explorations||Creative Connections|
|Nutrition (10-credit subject)||Issues investigation|
|Psychology (10-credit subject)||Individual investigation|
|Research Project A||Review|
|Research Project B||Evaluation|
Hard copy submission
Investigation materials for this Round 3 subject is not submitted online. These materials will be collected by the SACE Board courier.
|Creative Arts||Practical skills|
Supervision and verification
For student work that cannot be verified, or for which plagiarism has been identified in the final work, Form 2: Breach of rules must be completed and submitted to the SACE Board, together with supporting evidence and a recommendation from the teacher, principal, or principal’s delegate for a penalty.
The teacher should assess the student work at face value and not apply a penalty in the marking.
The result that is submitted on the results sheet for student work that is subject to a breach of rules investigation should reflect this standard of work (at face value). The SACE Board will investigate any breach of rules application that the school submits and apply a penalty if deemed appropriate.
- Form 2: Breach of rules [PDF 151KB]
- Form 32: Special provisions — request for external assessment adjustments [PDF 153KB]