First year evaluation of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) : final report

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In February 2012, the SACE Board of South Australia commissioned an external, independent evaluation of the first full year of implementation of the revised South Australian Certificate of Education. The SACE Board formed a panel comprising: Mr Bill Cossey AM (Convenor), Professor John Bennett, Ms Miriam Silva and Dr Petra Lietz to conduct the evaluation. This document is the report of the evaluation.


The purpose of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) First Year Evaluation is to analyse and interpret the initial effects of the new arrangements for the SACE following its first year of full operation and to identify areas where improvements should be introduced. Submissions were received by the panel, the opinions of key education stakeholder organisations were sought, and 800 students who were enrolled as Stage 2 students in 2011 were surveyed. An important component of this report is the views of schools in Northern Territory. By arrangement with the Northern Territory Government, the SACE Board provides its materials and associated support to the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training for use in Northern Territory schools. The Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE) is based on the SACE but with key policy differences, the main one being that the Research Project is an optional Stage 2 subject.



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South Australia


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