The State Government has released the review of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), which outlines 16 recommendations for improving the certificate.
The independent review, led by highly regarded principal Ms Wendy Johnson, was informed by extensive consultation and received numerous submissions, including over 1500 survey responses.
Key recommendations include removing the compulsory 10 credit Research Project from Stage 2 and replacing it with a redesigned 10 credit Research Project at Stage 1 of the SACE, with options for a specialised research project for students wishing to focus on vocational, service and entrepreneurial pathways.
An optional 20 credit Research Project would also be available in Stage 2 as a stand-alone subject.
An implication of this recommendation would result in many students undertaking five Stage 2 subjects in order to receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for university entrance, in line with other states and territories.
Other notable recommendations include developing industry-led framework subjects in the curriculum such as cyber security or healthy aging, and improvements relating to the recognition of Vocational Education and Training (VET).
Education Minister John Gardner welcomed the review and said the SACE Board were now working through the recommendations.
Please refer to the full media release, which includes a link to download the the full SACE Review..
The Association of Independent Schools of SA considers that any significant changes to the funding of non-government schools must be subjected to significant trials to ensure that the changes work for each and every school.
Read the full statement here:
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