eCircular edition 6 2012

General


Last date for changes to Year 12 student enrolments

Contact
Jenny Offer (08) 9273 6313
jenny.offer@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are reminded that the last date for changes to Year 12 student enrolments in course units that do not have practical examinations is Friday, 28 September 2012.

Schools can upload changes to course unit enrolments which do not have a practical examination (up until Friday, 28 September) directly into SIRS instead of providing the changes in writing to the Authority.

Note: Changes to student enrolments to sit the 2012 WACE examinations in courses with a practical examination closed on Friday, 3 August 2012.

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Online access to Year 12 student information

Contact
Steve Donatti (08) 9273 6359
steve.donatti@scsa.wa.edu.au
Jenny Offer (08) 9273 6313
jenny.offer@scsa.wa.edu.au

Year 12 students can check their personal details and enrolments online at https://www.wace.wa.edu.au. From Wednesday, 19 September 2012, students will be also able to access their WACE written examination timetables online at this address.

To log on, students will need their SCSA student number and other personal identification information.

Students must report inaccurate information to the school for updating.

Year 12 students will also be able to use this address to access their results online from Monday, 31 December 2012.

If your students experience technical difficulties in accessing the information, then they need to contact the Authority at sirshelp@scsa.wa.edu.au or on
9273 6719 (during office hours).

Students may also find the Authority’s social media a convenient way to access information about the WACE examinations and certification. Students can visit:

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Standards Guides 2011 CD – now in schools

Contact
Lauren Burgess (08) 9273 6776
standards@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools offering WACE courses have received a CD containing the Standards Guides for all Stage 2 and Stage 3 courses which had WACE examinations in 2011. Standards Guides are currently also available as e-books on the Authority extranet.
There are five main components of the Standards Guides:

  • Questions from the written examination papers
  • Marking keys
  • Candidate responses (at the excellent and satisfactory levels) and annotated marker notes
  • Examination statistics such as the highest and lowest marks achieved, mean, standard deviation and question difficulty estimates (from Rasch analysis of raw examination marks)
  • Keywords and examiners’ comments.

The Standards Guides will assist teachers in their understanding of course standards and in demonstrating to students satisfactory and excellent responses to the written examination questions.
The Rasch analysis of raw examination marks provides estimates of question difficulty and student ability and an evaluation of how well the questions in the examinations were targeted to candidates’ abilities.

For Windows users, the CD will open automatically. For Macintosh users, double-click the file called index.html to access the documents for each course. The PDFs can be accessed in the folder called ‘Docs’.

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Courses, VET and endorsed programs

Chemistry minor syllabus revision for teaching and examination in 2013

Contact
Graeme Quelch (08) 9273 6758
graeme.quelch@scsa.wa.edu.au

The Board of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority has approved minor syllabus revisions for Chemistry for teaching and examination in 2013. The updated version of the syllabus and the refinement details will be placed on the course page of the Authority’s website.

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Linking On-the-job Training modules to VET qualifications/accredited courses

Contact
Angela Kiely (08) 9273 6752
angela.kiely@scsa.wa.edu.au

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority developed the Workplace Learning On-the-job Training (WL1) endorsed program to recognise non-assessable learning for students who are undertaking specific VET in-school programs.

VET programs that include non-assessable modules identified by a State training provider as either Y code (or the assessable equivalent), or any other code specific to On-the-job training, need to be enrolled under the endorsed program, WL1. To enrol students in the endorsed program, see section 6.1.2 (Appendix 2 for MAZE users) of the WACE Procedures File at www.scsa.wa.edu.au/internet/Publications/WACE_Procedures_File.

The Authority regularly receives requests from schools to link On-the-job training modules to VET qualifications/accredited courses. Below are examples of non-assessable learning modules that cannot be linked with VET qualifications and accredited courses.

50647: Undertake a Basic Project – 1
50648: Undertake a Basic Project – 2
50649: Undertake a Basic Project – 3
50650: Undertake a Work Placement – 1
50651: Undertake a Work Placement – 2

The table below summarises the requirements of the endorsed program Workplace Learning On-the-job Training (WL1).  More detailed information is available on the Authority website at www.scsa.wa.edu.au/Apps/EP/display.aspx?type=3.

ENDORSED PROGRAMS

Workplace Learning
On-the-job Training (WL1)

Year 10–12 students undertaking substantial VET in the workplace, especially SBA, SBT,SAL
One unit equivalent per program
Minimum of 55 hours per program

Achievement descriptors:

  • Achieved
  • Two programs achieved
  • Three programs achieved...to 10 programs achieved.

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Examinations

2012 Engineering Studies Stage 3 document booklet

Contact
George Przywolnik (08) 9273 6780
george.przywolnik@scsa.wa.edu.au
Kerry Cribb (08) 9273 6787
kerry.cribb@scsa.wa.edu.au

The 2012 Engineering Studies Stage 3 document booklet for the WACE examination has been distributed to schools.

The booklet contains a number of source or stimulus documents that candidates will be required to consult while answering questions in Sections One and Two. The booklet is provided to help candidates familiarise themselves with its content.

Teachers should note that candidates will not be permitted to take their copies of the document booklet into the examination. The Stage 3 WACE Engineering Studies examination paper will include a document booklet identical to the one supplied to schools.

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2012 French practical (oral) WACE examination stimulus item required

Contact
Kevin Sadler (08) 9273 6332
kevin.sadler@scsa.wa.edu.au
Kerry Cribb (08) 9273 6787
kerry.cribb@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers of French are reminded that the French practical (oral) design brief has changed and stimulus items are no longer supplied. Candidates should be reminded that they must bring their own stimulus item to the 2012 French practical (oral) WACE examination.

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2012 WACE Music examination

Contact
Jenny Morup (08) 9273 6377
jenny.morup@scsa.wa.edu.au

Please ensure students sitting the Stage 2 WACE examination Music are enrolled in the correct context. In 2012, as there were no enrolments for the Stage 2 WACE examination Music – Jazz, this context will not be examined. Only the Western Art and Contemporary contexts will be available for Stage 2 WACE examination Music candidates.

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Consequences of not sitting examinations in 2012

Contact
Steve Donatti (08) 9273 6359
steve.donatti@scsa.wa.edu.au
Jenny Offer (08) 9273 6313
jenny.offer@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers are asked to remind final-year students enrolled in at least one Stage 2 or Stage 3 pair of course units that they are required to sit for, and make an genuine attempt at, the WACE examination in that course (unless exempt).

A student who should sit an examination and chooses not to, or chooses not to make a genuine attempt in the examination, will not get a course report in that course. The grades for the pair of units completed in that year will not contribute to the calculation of the C grade average requirement for the WACE, but will still count in the breadth and depth requirement.

As a consequence, a student may not meet the requirements to receive a WACE.

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Distribution to schools of 2012 Dance written examination stimulus materials

Contact
Kelly Hourston (08) 9273 6751
kelly.hourston@scsa.wa.edu.au
Kerry Cribb (08) 9273 6787
kerry.cribb@scsa.wa.edu.au

Stimulus material for 2012 Stage 2 and Stage 3 Dance written examinations has been distributed to schools. A DVD and a CD have been provided for each teacher of the course and each candidate enrolled in the examination.

The DVD contains a copy of the stimulus material (Chunky Moves’ Connected) and the CD contains the ‘Supporting document for the stimulus material’. Candidates will be required to make reference to the stimulus material in at least half of the questions in Section One of the written examination.

Please note the DVD will not be played during the examination. However, the examination papers will include a source booklet that contains images from the stimulus material as prompts or reminders of the stimulus DVD.

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Distribution to schools of 2012 Media Production and Analysis written examination stimulus material

Contact
Naidina Avery (08) 9273 6334
naidina.avery@scsa.wa.edu.au
Kerry Cribb (08) 9273 6310
kerry.cribb@scsa.wa.edu.au

The stimulus material for the 2012 Stage 2 and Stage 3 Media Production and Analysis written examinations has been distributed to schools. A DVD and a CD have been provided for each teacher of the course and each candidate enrolled in the examination.

Each DVD contains all of the audio-visual stimulus material. For ease of viewing and printing, each CD contains the print stimulus material.

Candidates will be required to make reference to the stimulus material in their responses to Section One in Stage 3 and Section One: Short Answer Part A in Stage 2 of the written examinations.

Please note the stimulus material will not be played during the examination. The examination paper will include a source booklet with excerpts or stills from the stimulus material.

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Front covers for 2012 WACE examinations sent to schools

Contact
Steve Donatti (08) 9273 6359
steve.donatti@scsa.wa.edu.au

Front covers for all 2012 WACE examinations have been sent to all schools that have students enrolled in WACE examinations. These front covers are also available under examination materials on the course page of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website at www.scsa.wa.edu.au/internet/Senior_Secondary/Courses.

The examination front covers should be distributed to teachers of the relevant courses to help prepare students for the examinations. Feedback from some students last year suggests that some teachers did not make copies of the front covers available to their students, nor did they discuss with them the significance of the information in them.

Principals and curriculum leaders in schools are asked to impress on their teachers the importance of sharing this information with students.

The front covers contain details of the structure of each examination, the allocation of marks and the rules governing the conduct of the examination. Teachers are strongly encouraged to familiarise their students with the front covers of both written and practical examinations.

In courses with both written and practical examinations, the front covers show the weightings for the two parts of the examination.

Front covers are not provided for language examinations that are set interstate.

Practical examinations
Schools are reminded that the Authority will provide candidates attending performance practical examinations with a personalised examination front cover. Uncollected front covers will indicate non-attendance.

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Politics and Law Stage 3 WACE examination front cover amendment

Contact
Chris Kowald (08) 9273 6781

chris.kowald@scsa.wa.edu.au
Kerry Cribb (08) 9273 6787
kerry.cribb@scsa.wa.edu.au

The Politics and Law Stage 3 WACE examination front cover distributed to schools requires an amendment to page two. In Section Three: Part B Unit 3B: the word ‘short’ has been replaced with the word ‘extended’ as shaded in the table below titled ‘Structure of this paper’.

Structure of this paper

Section Number of questions available Number of questions to be answered

Suggested working time
(minutes)

Marks available Percentage of exam

Section One:
Short response

4 3 45 30 30

Section Two:
Source analysis

2 1 35 20 20
Section Three:
Part A Unit 3A:
Extended response

 
2 1 50 50 50
Part B Unit 3B:
Short Extended response
2 1 50
  Total 100

WACE examination front covers have been distributed to schools and will be available on the Authority website at www.scsa.wa.edu.au. The web version of the Politics and Law Stage 3 front cover will be published as corrected.

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Student permission forms

Contact
Kathy Pilkington (08) 9273 6770
kathy.pilkington@scsa.wa.edu.au

For Year 12 students, authorisation for the release of exam responses, use of school work, willingness to receive career information and publication of names for awards is recorded as received from the scanned Student permission forms from your school. If no form has been returned to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, a ‘No’ will be registered in each of the above permission fields. If a student wishes to have any of these permission fields changed to ‘Yes’, the student must complete a new permission form and send it to Kathy Pilkington (contact details above) with a request for it to be scanned and the SIRS database updated. The last date for changes to this information is 28 September 2012.

A file containing the forms was emailed to all schools at the start of the year.

A summary of the responses recorded in SIRS for each of the permission fields for each school’s Year 12 students is available in SIRS by printing the Student Release Choices by Provider report(CSE 058). The report is available by the pathway: Reports > Other Reports > Students > CSE 058.

It should be noted that it is the school’s responsibility to ensure their students’ permissions are recorded accurately.

Any other changes to personal details and enrolments must be made through uploads to SIRS via the SRGDG and ENCOS files respectively.

Schools are able to verify their students’ registration and enrolment details once they have been uploaded into the student information record system (SIRS). This information is available via the Verification of Student Details (CSE059) report, which lists enrolments in course units, VET units of competency and endorsed programs, as well as personal details and permission to release information. These reports can be distributed to each student to enable them to check that all of their details are correct.

The report is available by the pathway: Reports > Other Reports > Enrolments > CSE 059.

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Certification

New date for 2012 Awards Ceremony

Contact
Jenny Morup (08) 9273 6309

jenny.morup@scsa.wa.edu.au

The 2012 Awards Ceremony at Murdoch University is now on the evening of Monday, 18 February 2013.  Please note that this is a new date from the one previously advised. The university has changed the date to meet with their other commitments.

At this ceremony, the Minister for Education will present certificates for the following awards:

  • Beazley Medal: WACE
  • Beazley Medal: VET
  • General exhibition
  • General exhibition (ATSI)
  • General exhibition (ESL/ESD)
  • Special general award
  • Course exhibition
  • Special course awards
  • VET exhibitions
  • Workplace Learning exhibition

Due to significant increases in the numbers of certificates of distinction and certificates of commendation awarded, recipients will no longer be presented with their certificates at the Authority’s Awards Ceremony. These certificates will be mailed through Australia Post to the recipients.  

Winners of the Authority’s 2012 Exhibitions and Awards will be announced on Friday, 4 January 2013.

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Last Updated:28/ 08/ 2012 10:00