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Welcome to the Term 4 edition of SACE News. In this edition:

New Chief Executive of the SACE Board of SA

Professor Martin Westwell has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the SACE Board of SA and starts his new role in January 2018.

Known globally for his research into the 'science of learning', Professor Westwell has driven innovation at the SACE Board as a board member since 2012 and as a member and chair of the Innovations Development Advisory Group.

For the past 10 years, Professor Westwell has been the inaugural Director of the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century. He is a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Education Research Institutes Network steering group in the Asia-Pacific region, and the South Australian Science Council.

Jan Raymond will continue to be Acting Chief Executive until Professor Westwell begins his new role.

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End-of-year results release

We can confirm that the target date for the 2017 results release is Tuesday 19 December, from 8.30 am. Students will be able to view their SACE results and SATAC Tertiary Entrance Statement (if eligible) in Students Online. We expect that students will receive official documentation from this date in accordance with local, national and international postal delivery schedules.

SACE/NTCET results reports and SACE Schools Data Reports for schools

These reports for your school will be made available electronically through Schools Online on results release day. These reports can only be accessed by your nominated principal's delegate(s).

A principal who needs access to these reports, and who has not been assigned the role of principal's delegate in Schools Online, should complete the Schools Online Principal's Delegate Access Form [PDF 28KB]

Results release emergency contacts

Emergency contact information (mobile phone numbers and school email addresses) have been collected for principals and SACE coordinators via Schools Online.

This information will be used to help the SACE Board in:

  • managing any emergencies that may arise during the examination period
  • contacting schools during the moderation period
  • managing any issues during results processing
  • contacting schools on the day of results release
  • supporting SATAC during the results processing period.

If you need to change the name of the emergency contact for results release (during December/January), please email the name, email address and mobile number to SACE.SchoolsOnlineSupport@sa.gov.au

Results sheets in Schools Online

Results sheets in Schools Online will continue to be generated according to the results schedule. In preparation, teachers should be encouraged to check their Schools Online account details and re-set their password if required.

The SACE Board will send ongoing communication about the opening of results sheets in Schools Online to the principal's delegates and teachers.

Access to Schools Online in December

As part of the SACE Board's normal preparation for end-of-year results processing, schools will not be able to access Schools Online from Friday 8 December 2017 until the release of results from 8.30 am on Tuesday 19 December 2017.

VET results 2017

Vocational education and training (VET) results and the VET Qualification Verification Form are now available on Schools Online.

The cut-off date for VET results, including the Verification Form, is Monday 4 December 2017.

Download the VET in Schools Online Guide [PDF 554KB].

When submitting a VET Qualification Verification Form, schools are reminded to attach evidence of qualification completion from the registered training organisation.

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Special provisions

Special provisions examination helpline

The SACE Board has a special provisions helpline during the 2017 examination period for schools to seek advice and provisions to support students who experience unexpected difficulties during this time.

For example, provisions can be granted over the phone for students experiencing a bereavement, injury or illness just prior to sitting an examination.

The special provisions examination helpline is +61 8 8372 7554.

Misadventure and use of the moderated predicted examination result

If during the examination period, a student reports an illness or unexpected non-medical incident that may affect their performance or ability to sit an examination the following action should be taken:

  1. Encourage the student to attempt the examination if possible (if provisions are granted, the student may be awarded the higher of their actual and moderated predicted examination result).
  2. Ring the special provisions helpline to seek provisions to support the student during the examination.
  3. Instruct the student to seek medical or other relevant evidence for the day of the examination.

Further information about appropriate action is available on the Special Provisions minisite.

Changes to special provisions policy and procedures for 2018

Following the 2015 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005, the SACE Board has reviewed and updated its Special Provisions in Curriculum and Assessment Policy.

The redeveloped policy will provide schools with greater autonomy to manage special provision requirements for SACE students who have a physical disability, medical condition, psychological disorder, or specific learning disorder.

The most significant policy change is that schools will no longer require SACE Board approval for all reasonable adjustments to conditions for sitting Stage 2 examinations.

The SACE Board will continue to provide advice to schools and where necessary adjust examination papers - for example, if a vision-impaired student requires an enlarged examination paper, the student's school must advise the SACE Board as soon as possible of any adjustments needed to examination papers.

The updated policy is being implemented from 2018 and will be available on the SACE Board website later in

Term 4, 2017. For more information please contact Cathy Schultz on +61 8 8372 7462 or email cathy.schultz@sa.gov.au

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Stage 2 marking and moderation

Marking of Stage 2 external assessments has begun and moderation of school assessments will start in mid-November. All assessment panels have now been formed.

The SACE Board thanks teachers for being part of this important work and schools for releasing teachers.

Stage 2 moderation

The Stage 1 and 2 moderation and review (central) is being held at the University of South Australia's Mawson Lakes Campus.

This year the following six subjects will be moderated online:

  • Media Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Philosophy
  • Indonesian Continuers
  • English Literary Studies

An information sheet on Stage 2 final moderation is available to Stage 2 teachers.The information sheet covers the following topics:

  • materials collection
  • completing school assessment results, results sheets in Schools Online
  • moderation sample
  • packaging instructions, including Assessment Group Materials
  • courier collection timetable.

Download theStage 2 Final Moderation Materials Collection information sheet [DOC 57KB]

This year all moderators and supervisors will be required to complete an online benchmarking activity prior to their attendance at moderation. An email will be sent to all moderators and supervisors providing them with the necessary details to access the activity.

Assessment materials

Students provide external assessment materials to the SACE Board in two ways, through:

  • sitting an examination
  • submitting materials (e.g. an investigation).

Teachers are reminded that students should not submit valuable or irreplaceable materials for school or external assessment. Photocopies or photographs of these materials can provide sufficient evidence for assessment purposes.

The SACE Board holds original works and examination materials for most subjects until the end of the results clerical check period in February 2018, after which they are filed as part of SACE Board procedure.

Some materials are automatically returned to students, whereas students must apply to the SACE Board to have others returned.

Return of assessment materials

All school-assessed materials sent to the SACE Board for moderation are returned to schools in the week beginning Monday 11 December (a week earlier than the published date) to allow for school closures.

Automatically returned materials

For Visual Arts, Information Processing and Publishing, and Creative Arts:

  • original works will be returned to students via their school
  • schools are asked to inform students their original works will be returned to their school for collection.

Materials students must apply to have returned

In other subjects such as the Research Project, students can apply to the SACE Board to have their materials returned to them before the end of the clerical check period.

Students can also apply to the SACE Board to receive their examination materials before the end of the clerical check period.

There is an administrative fee for both of these services, which cover the costs of retrieving and copying the materials.

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Governor of South Australia Commendations

Nominations close on Friday 10 November 2017 for this year's Governor of South Australia Commendations.

Schools can nominate one eligible student for each of the three types of Governor of South Australia Commendation:

  1. Governor of South Australia Commendation - Excellence Award
  2. Governor of South Australia Commendation - Aboriginal Student SACE Excellence Award
  3. Governor of South Australia Commendation - Excellence in Modified SACE Award.

Nomination forms, exemplars, the capabilities statements, and the Merit Policy and Procedures are available on the SACE website.

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Institute of Educational Assessors - professional learning opportunities

Limited places are available for individual teachers who wish to undertake Institute of Educational Assessors (IEA) courses in 2018.

Current course offerings are available on the IEA website, with new course offerings to be announced in early 2018.

For more information on IEA courses contact Bob Buxton on +61 8 8372 7594 or email robert.buxton@sa.gov.au

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SACE modernisation

Online submission of assessment materials

The first round of online submission of materials for selected Stage 2 subjects has been successfully launched.

Online submissions took place between 11 September to 26 September for Stage 2 Health, Media Studies, and Philosophy, with a total of 1,548 student materials successfully uploaded.

The second round of online submissions opened on 16 October for Stage 2 Essential English, and 23 October for Community Studies.

An online sandpit featuring instructional videos will continue to be available during Term 4. The sandpit gives teachers the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the online submission procedure - including the naming and loading of files, the updating of Variation - moderation materials, and the performance standards record.

More information is available on the SACE Board website.

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Stage 2 learning and assessment plans in 2018

From 2018, schools will have the option of using pre-approved learning and assessment plans (LAPs) for all Stage 2 subjects. These pre-approved LAPs will be available on the Stage 2 subject minisites at the beginning of Term 1, 2018. Schools can continue to develop their own LAPs, using school-developed LAP forms.

The principal or principal's delegate approves school-developed LAPs and pre-approved LAPs that have been adapted. LAPs approved by the school do not need to be submitted to the SACE Board and should be kept in a central location in the school.

The pre-approved LAPs for Stage 2 subjects follow the process for Stage 1 learning and assessment plans. Schools can contact the SACE Board for advice about the development and management of Stage 1 and Stage 2 learning and assessment plans in their school.

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Stage 2 clarifying 2018

Clarifying for Stage 2 subjects in 2018 will take place through the online portal PLATO (Professional Learning in Assessment and Teaching Online).

Online clarifying courses will replace traditional clarifying workshops, which will support more teachers to access professional learning.

The online delivery means that more teachers will have access to materials that will be available for an extended period of time. This will support teachers to focus on particular aspects of the clarifying courses as it suits them. Online clarifying will be complemented by targeted face-to-face support.

Stage 2 clarifying courses for most subjects will be available from early in Term 1, 2018. Further information will be provided to schools and teachers early in 2018.

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Subject renewal

Stage 1 and Stage 2 Aboriginal Studies and Integrated Learning subject outlines

The Stage 1 and Stage 2 Aboriginal Studies and Integrated Learning subject outlines were accredited by the SACE Board in July and August 2017 respectively and will be taught for the first time in 2018.

Implementation workshops were held for these subjects in Term 3, 2017.


Stage 1 and Stage 2 Scientific Studies subject outline

An online consultation for the draft Stage 1 and Stage 2 Scientific Studies subject outline took place between 21 August and 29 September 2017.

Implementation workshops for Stage 1 and Stage 2 Scientific Studies will be held in Term 2, 2018. The subject will be taught for the first time in 2019.

Implementation workshops

A series of implementation workshops were held during Term 3 to support the teaching of Stage 1 Digital Technologies, Stage 1 Music (Experience and Advanced), Stage 1 and Stage 2 Aboriginal Studies, and Stage 1 and Stage 2 Integrated Learning.

A range of support materials, including learning and assessment plans, and tasks will be available on the relevant subject minisites during Term 4.

Suspension of Ukrainian (continuers)

At a national level, Ukrainian has been suspended from the list of language subjects that are nationally assessed, as follows:

  • Stage 1 Ukrainian (continuers) will be offered for the last time in 2017.
  • Stage 2 Ukrainian (continuers) will be offered for the last time in 2018.

Students who wish to study Ukrainian as part of their SACE/NTCET can do so through the Language and Culture subject (Stage 1 from 2018 and Stage 2 from 2019).

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Research Project Student Expo 2017

The 2017 Research Project Student Expo was held on Tuesday 8 August and Wednesday 9 August, at the Adelaide Showground.

A total of 3,559 people attended the event, including 3,279 Years 10 and 11 students, 265 teachers and 15 parents. Up to 90 Research Projects were showcased and past and present students were on hand to offer advice and tips on choosing a research topic and successfully completing the compulsory subject.

The expo featured 19 research-focused organisations from various industries including Flinders University, The University of Adelaide, ASC, TAFE SA, Airborne Research Australia, and Australia's Science Channel.

A keynote address was given by Young Australian of the Year, Paul Vasileff, who outlined how his research project and SACE qualification helped start his internationally-renowned couture house Paolo Sebastian.

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Follow the SACE Board on Twitter

Follow the SACE Board's Twitter account for the latest news, events and updates. It is a useful communication tool for teachers, school leaders and the broader community.

You can find us at @saceboard or by using the Twitter icon displayed at the bottom of the SACE website.

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