Annual Report 1991 Department of Education
Tabled Paper 1288
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
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EDUCATION schools in the Northern Territory. CERTIFICATION The Junior Secondary Studies Certificate (JSSC) was issued to all students who met appropriate Board of Studies curriculum requirements and completed Year 10 in 1991. Most schools presented the certificates, together with student portfolios, at graduation ceremonies held during the last week of school. A revised version of the JSSC was approved by the Board of Studies for issue for the first time in 1992 to students who complete Year 10. The new certificate was designed to record achievement in the eleven areas of Board Approved Curriculum (incorporating the core components) over three years of junior secondary schooling, rather than reporting on school-based courses and core objectives as in the past. The Senior Secondary Studies Certificate (SSSC) was issued to all students who completed Year 12 in 1991, and to Year 11 students who indicated that they were leaving school at the end of the year. Students who studied Year 12 accredited courses with the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA) were also awarded Certificates of Achievement. During the year, preparations continued for the introduction of the Northern Territory version of the new South Australian Certificate of Education SACE (NT)which will replace the SSABSA Certificate of Achievement and will be awarded to students who complete a set pattern of study over at least Years 11 and 12 (referred to as Stage 1 and Stage 2). In addition, they will receive a Statement of Results, listing the results of all Stage 1 and Stage 2 units studied, while Northern Territory students will also receive the SSSC recording results in all Stage 1 courses. Because of changes to methods of recording and reporting required for the SACE (NT), work was undertaken on the development of a new format for the SSSC which will be used from 1992. ACCREDITATION Ninety senior secondary courses were accredited or re-accredited in 1991, bringing the total of NT Board of Studies accredited senior courses to 255. In addition, all courses were classified into one of three groups to allow students to conform with required patterns of study for the new SACE (NT). Explanatory flyers, a chart and a handbook listing titles and descriptors of afl senior secondary courses were published for use by schools and students to assist students in their selection of senior courses. As usual, the set of guidelines to assist course writers received an annual update. SCHOOL LEAVERS DESTINATION SURVEY The 'Where Did They Go' research project, conducted since 1987 to investigate the educational and occupational destinations of Northern Territory school leavers, was extended in 1992. With funding assistance from the Department 50
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