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Self-review tool

Overview

The SACE Self-review Tool (SRT) supports schools to continuously improve two factors that facilitate student success in the SACE:

  • Quality management systems.
  • SACE assessments.

The SRT outlines four criteria and performance indicators that schools can use to evaluate and identify potential areas for improvement in quality management systems and assessment practices.

Schools that identify areas for improvement can use various support materials - including presentations, advice, and activities - that relate to the four criteria in the SRT.

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Assessment practices

School assessment practices:

  • guide teachers and students to manage effective SACE assessments
  • give students adequate opportunities to demonstrate their best achievements.

In reviewing assessment practices, the key question for schools is: 'Do school assessment practices provide students with the best opportunity to demonstrate their learning?'

Support materials

These materials can assist schools in reviewing, improving, and monitoring the effectiveness of their assessment practices. They offer some of the many possible approaches used by schools.

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Quality assurance within schools

Quality assurance practices within schools ensure the integrity of students' results.

In reviewing QA practices, the key question for schools is: 'How effective are the school's quality assurance processes?'

Support materials

These materials can assist schools in reviewing, improving and monitoring the effectiveness of their QA practices. They offer some of the many possible approaches used by schools.

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Audit tool

The SACE self-review tool for schools identifies five performance indicators for quality assurance within schools. Schools can assess their performance against each indicator to identify their strengths and inform their future planning for improvement.

Indicator 1:

School leadership team strategically plans opportunities to work with teachers to analyse qualitative and quantitative data to identify strategies that improve the comparability of teachers' assessment decisions with statewide standards.

Indicator 2:

School leadership team prioritises collaborative planning opportunities for teachers that ensure learning and assessment plans and tasks are valid and continually improved to meet the needs of all students.

Indicator 3:

School leadership team values and orchestrates clarifying activities and expects teachers to understand the performance standards of their subject(s).

Indicator 4:

School leadership team creates and nurtures a collective culture amongst teachers to confirm the integrity of students' results.

Indicator 5:

Principals (and school leadership team) accept responsibility for identifying and implementing practices that ensure valid, reliable, and fair student grades.

 

Purpose of the audit tool

The audit tool has been designed to support teachers and school leaders determine the effectiveness of school procedures that assure the integrity of students' results. It aims to support teachers and school leaders to understand the roles and responsibilities of the school in assuring the integrity of school and external assessments. The intended outcome is to maximise student success.

By answering a series of yes/no questions, teachers and school leaders can audit the procedures for each phase of the quality assurance cycle (planning, clarifying, confirming, and improving). There is a separate audit tool for teachers and school leaders. The questions are presented on a form with fillable fields. The completed form can be printed and saved.

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Audit tool - teachers

The audit tool is designed to support teachers and school leaders determine the effectiveness of school procedures that assure the integrity of students' results. By answering a series of yes/no questions, teachers can audit the procedures for each phase of the quality assurance cycle.

Instructions

  1. Click on the relevant quadrant you wish to audit: planning, clarifying, confirming, improving
  2. A document will download, open this document
  3. Select either 'YES' or 'NO' responses for each question
  4. Save and/or print each form for future reference and action.
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Audit tool - school leaders

The audit tool is designed to support teachers and school leaders determine the effectiveness of school procedures that assure the integrity of students' results.By answering a series of yes/no questions,school leaderscan audit the procedures for each phase of the quality assurance cycle.

Instructions

  1. Click on the relevant quadrant you wish to audit: planning, clarifying, confirming, improving
  2. A document will download, open this document
  3. Select either 'YES' or 'NO' responses for each question
  4. Save and/or print each form for future reference and action.
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Data management

School data management practices ensure that student details, enrolments, and results are accurate and timely.

In reviewing data management practices, the key question for schools is: 'How effectively does the school manage assessment-related data?'

Support materials

These materials can assist schools in reviewing, improving, and monitoring the effectiveness of their data management practices. They offer some of the many possible approaches used by schools.

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Communication

Effective communication practices:

  • assist teachers to carry out the school's assessment policy and procedures
  • provide students and their families with quality assessment information.

In reviewing communication practices, the key question for schools is: 'How effectively are assessment policies, procedures, and outcomes communicated to staff, students, and families?'

Support materials

These materials can assist schools in reviewing, improving, and monitoring the effectiveness of their communication practices. They offer some of the possible approaches used by schools.

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SACE Officer contacts

As part of the partnership between the SACE Board and schools, a group of officers at the SACE Board support SACE improvement in schools.

The SACE Officers Curriculum and Assessment and the Assessment Support Officer Information Services group

  • support schools to develop, monitor, and review their management systems to ensure the fairness, quality, and integrity of school assessment and external assessments
  • facilitate workshops for SACE coordinators and/or Principal's Delegates with a focus on:
    • analysing SACE data, reviewing SACE management systems, and sharing improvement strategies
    • managing the quality and integrity of external and school assessments and final results
  • assure the integrity of school assessment results, including Stage 1 and Stage 2 moderation
  • support schools to develop, monitor, and review the delivery of the SACE for individual students and in the broader school context
  • provide general operational advice about SACE policies and procedures
  • provide advice about special provisions, recognition of learning and courses, and eligibility for enrolment in language subjects, modified subjects, and English as an Additional Language subjects.
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