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A. Satisfactory Completion of a Unit (S or N)
To achieve an S for the end-of-Unit, students must satisfy the coursework requirements as set out in the Study Design by VCAA. The Faculty course documents state the minimum coursework tasks set for satisfactory completion (refer to Course Overview)
1
Satisfactory completion of a Study Area is evidenced in the following ways:
• class attendance and preparation
• on-going active participation in class and group discussion
• completion of oral and written tasks
2
To achieve an outcome (S) the student must:
• attend at least 50 hours of scheduled classroom instruction over the duration of a semester
• produce work that meets the required standard
• submit work on time
• submit work that is clearly his own
• observe the VCAA and school rules.
3
Where a student has not satisfied coursework requirements, he will receive an N for the Unit.
• The student may redeem the N to an S by sitting one or more written tasks under teacher supervision during the end-of-semester exam period.
• To avoid authentication issues, completing tasks at home or outside of teacher supervision is not an option.
B. SAC Policy (school assessed coursework)
The VCE Policy Document regarding authentication issues for undertaking a SAC must be strictly adhered to.
1.  When SACs are held:
1.1
All SACS are held on the day specified specified on the SAC Assessment Dates calendar.
1.2
All SACs, unless otherwise directed, are undertaken during the class's double period within the fortnight beginning date.
1.3
Students who arrive late to their SAC will not be granted additional make-up time unless they have written approval from their SLC (Student Level Coordinator).
1.4
Students who finish early are not be permitted to leave the room.
2.  Students Who Miss a SAC:
2.1
Where a student, for whatever reason, does not sit his SAC, he receives 0 marks.
2.2
The student can redeem his mark if he meets legitimate reasons:
Medical illness: if the medical condition occurs on the SAC date, students or their parent/ guardian must contact their class teacher and/or SLC immediately. They must provide a certificate from a treating medical doctor to their class teacher and SLC immediately upon their return to school.

If the medical condition occurs before the SAC date, then the medical certificate must include the expected time-frame from date of absence to date of return to school.
School approved co-curricular activity or participation in a sporting event: students must present a written statement of the co-curricular requirement, endorsed by the teacher in charge of the activity, to their class teacher and SLC at least 48 hours before the scheduled SAC date; students who fail to do so may forfeit their eligibility for redemption.
3.  Supplementary SAC:
3.1
Students who receive approval to complete the Supplementary SAC will be required to sit it under teacher supervision.
3.2
The scheduled Supplementary SAC day and time is not negotiable unless there are existing or extenuating circumstances which are furnished in writing and approved by the student's Level Co-ordinator and the Faculty Co-ordinator.
3.3
Under no circumstances will a student be permitted to sit his SAC without direct teacher supervision.
4.  Materials That May Be Used During A SAC:
4.1
Unless otherwise specified by the subject teacher, students are not to bring dictionaries, workbooks and other materials to the SAC room.
4.2
What cannot be used during the SAC:
• an electronic dictionary
• electronic devices (iPADs, mobile phones, etc.)
• a computer or laptop (unless teacher approval has been given)
• slips or whole sheets of paper(s) inserted in their dictionary, text, pencil case, or on any part of their person (we are referring to direct cheating here)
• prepared notes or essays unless the task states otherwise.
C. When a SAC is a drafting process — VCAA requirements regarding the drafting process for a SAC specify that:
1

Drafts are not to be submitted to the teacher for the purpose of getting feedback on planning and drafts.

2

Teachers must not mark or provide comments on any draft that forms part of the School-assessed Coursework.

3

Where an aspect of a task is prepared outside class time (e.g. research, planning) it is the student's responsibility to demonstrate that the work is his own. Students must ensure they have worked progressively on the task and have written evidence of planning and drafting.

4

Any form of breach of these stipulations will result in 0 marks (see ‘cheating’ below).

D. Plagiarism and Cheating — VCAA specifies that cheating includes:
1
Any unauthorised use of materials, prepared essays, and notes.
2
Using and/or copying another student's or person's work – including the tutor’s – essays, study notes, print and on-line resources.
3
Unauthorised corrections or improvements made or dictated by another person.
4
A student passing on information regarding topics or tasks to a student(s) in another class.
 
A student circulating or publishing written work that is being submitted for assessment in a study in the academic year of enrolment
5
A student submitting the same piece of work for assessment in more than one study, or more than once within a study.
6 A student knowingly assisting another student in a breach of rules
7
Any student found cheating will be awarded zero (0) marks for the SAC and may receive an N for the Unit.
8
Students are reminded of the School's policy on ‘Intellectual Theft / Plagarism’.
E. Teacher verification
In considering if a student’s work is their own, teachers should consider if the work:
– is atypical of other work produced by the student
– is inconsistent with the teacher’s knowledge of the student’s ability
– contains unacknowledged material
– has not been sighted and monitored by the teacher during its development.
F. Moderation: Comparability of School Assessments

The English Faculty has clearly established procedures for making school-based assessments and applies these procedures consistently for each SAC.

For moderation, all English classes’ assessments are treated as a single group, not as separate classes.

Prior to moderation:
Teachers meet to discuss assessment criteria, topics and the approaches used for the task.
Samples from all classes are distributed.
All teachers carry out blind marking, assessing the same pieces of work.
Teachers meet to discuss their results of blind marking and, if necessary, mark further work.
Differences in results are discussed to gain a clearer and more consistent understanding of the application of the assessment criteria.
When all teachers are confident they have a consistent understanding of the application of the assessment criteria, each teacher assesses and grades his/her own class.
During moderation:
Teachers combine and distribute the student work in numerical or grade order for assessment.
All teachers begin marking the same group of numerical marks beginning from the highest marks and working down towards the lowest marks (or vice/versa).
Discrepancies in marks are referred to second and third markers.
Unusual or difficult cases are considered by all teachers before final marks are entered.
The results are returned to the class teacher, who reassesses all the work or the work of students who have unexpected results.
Single class:
Where there is only one class or two classes run by the same teacher (e.g. Literature or English Language), moderation is undertaken with teachers of the subject from like-schools.

F.  Management of SACs

A.  Year 12 English: SACs are undertaken in the following way:

1
For the analytical and comparative text SACs, students are provided with a choice of two or three unseen topics. The topic is to be planned and written during the double session on a Wednesday afternoon.
2
For the analysis of argument and language SAC, students are provided with unseen material which is planned and written during the double session on a Wednesday afternoon.
3
For all oral SACs – creative response and presenting argument – teachers will either set a choice of two or more topics or allow students to choose from a list of topics. Students will be required to show ‘hard copy’ evidence of the progressive and on-going process of planning and development of the oral responses.

For authentication purposes, where an aspect of the Oral SACs are prepared outside class time (e.g. research, planning) it is the student's responsibility to demonstrate that the work is his own. Failure to produce evidence of work in progress will result in O marks. Any form of cheating will result in 0 marks (see the SAC Policy).

B.   Year 11 & 12 English Language & Literature: SACs are undertaken in the following way:

1

Teachers will set one or more unseen topics for the SAC which is to be planned and written in class in a limited time-frame.

2

In some instances, students may be required to write detailed plans on two or more topics of which one topic will be set for the SAC which will be written under test conditions during the class double.

3

Teachers may either set a choice of two or more topics or allow students to choose from a list of topics. Students will be required to plan and draft the topic to a finished standard by the deadline date. Students will be required to show ‘hard copy’ evidence of the progressive and on-going process of planning and development of the work.

4

Where a SAC is an Oral Presentation, Teachers will either set a choice of two or more topics or allow students to choose from a list of topics. Students will be required to show ‘hard copy’ evidence of the progressive and on-going process of planning and development of the oral responses.

For authentication purposes, no part of the SAC may be undertaken outside of class. However, where an aspect of a task is prepared outside class time (e.g. research, planning) it is the student's responsibility to demonstrate that the work is his own. Any form of cheating will result in 0 marks (see the SAC Policy).

C.   Year 12 English, English Language & Literature SAC Papers:

For fairness and equitability across all classes, ALL SACs are moderated.

For VCAA auditing purposes, SACs are not returned to students and are retained by the English Faculty.

No written comments are provided on the SAC papers. However, teachers will discuss the strengths and weakness of the paper with their students.

Following moderation, students are informed of their grade only; it is MHS policy that at Year 12, actual marks are not disclosed to students because the marks are statistically moderated by VCAA.

Student feedback for improvement in each Area of Study / Outcome is provided through formative assessment based on all written tasks set by the teacher (formal and observational), active engagement and participation in class discussion, group work, and through the compulsory practice SAC task set for each Outcome.

D. Examination Papers

Year 11: exam papers are retained by the English Faculty as a permanent record of student progress. Exam papers are passed on to the student’s subject teacher the following year for diagnostic purposes.

Year 12: the trial exams for English, English Language, and Literature is external marked by experienced VCE assessors. Papers are returned to students by the second week of term 4.

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