Specialist Mathematics | Stage 2 | Planning to Teach | Subject Operational Information | 2020
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Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics
These web pages connect schools and teachers to information on procedures relating to final moderation and external assessment requirements. Key dates, including dates for the submission of results, are also provided.
Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics is a 20-credit subject.
The learning and assessment requirements for this subject are set out in the 2020 subject outline [DOC 1.8MB].
Changes to the Stage 2 subject outline have been approved for 2020 onwards. Refer to the summary of subject changes for 2020 [DOC 607KB].
Refer to Learning and assessment plans for information on developing and approving Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics LAPs.
Combining small classes
Refer to Assessment groups — Stage 2 (Information sheet 1) for information on combining classes to form an assessment group.
In 2020, school assessment materials will be submitted for online moderation using school assessment results sheets in Schools Online.
For a simplified list of key operational dates, see the Specialist Mathematics calendar.
School assessment component
Teachers assess the evidence of student learning for:
- Assessment Type 1: Skills and Applications Tasks
- Assessment Type 2: Mathematical Investigation.
The SACE Board quality assures the school assessment results through final moderation.
Refer to SACE Assessment and Reporting Guidelines [PDF 290KB] and SACE Stage 2 Moderation Overview [DOC 33KB] for information about the policy context and procedures.
Moderation sample selection
Teachers select the moderation sample of school-assessed materials to submit to the SACE Board.
Refer to Moderation sample selection, which includes FAQs and an instructional video.
Submitting school assessment materials for final moderation
For more information see Online submission of materials.
School assessment materials for Specialist Mathematics are collected in late November (Round B).
Supervision and verification
Refer to the information in Supervision and Verification of Students' Work: Policy and Procedures [DOC 164KB] on the use of the record sheet [DOC 164KB] to record and authenticate each student's work. If used, these sheets are to be kept in the school until the end of the clerical check period in February 2021.
A teacher who is unable to verify that the work is the student's own must initiate a breach of rules action through the school's SACE/NTCET coordinator.
- Results sheets and online submission — Stage 2 final moderation
(Information sheet 50)
- Moderation sample selection
- Advice on preparing Stage 2 materials
External assessment component
Students undertake one 190-minute examination.
Students may take two unfolded A4 sheets (four sides) of handwritten notes into the examination room. The handwritten notes should not be placed in a plastic sleeve. It is preferable that they are not laminated.
A formula sheet is included in the examination question booklet.
Refer to Written examinations — invigilation instructions(Information sheet 47) for information on the use of stencils in examinations.
Refer to the subject outline for details of the examination requirements.
Refer to the Specialist Mathematics calendar for the date of the 2020 examination.
Preparing predicted examination results for external assessment
The SACE Board uses predicted results as part of the quality assurance of Stage 2 external examinations and performances, and for some special provisions in assessment. Refer to Results sheets — Stage 2 predicted results (Information sheet 52) for information on completing predicted examination results sheets.
Examination materials for external assessment
The SACE Board sends examination question booklets to examination centres according to the delivery dates in Written examinations — question booklets (Information sheet 48).