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                          ECONOMICS STANDARD GRADE


The examination paper will be based on the work done in Grade12 only.

A.     MEANS OF ASSESSMENT

       Paper I                  3 hours                       [300] adjusted to                          [225]
       Continuous Assessment (CASS)                                                                       [75]

                                                                                              300 marks



B.     REQUIREMENTS

       SECTION A

       One compulsory question consisting of short objective multiple choice questions will
       be set.                                                                           [100]

       SECTION B

       Seven direct questions, consisting of sub-sections, will be set, of which five must be
       answered.
                                                                                    [5 x 40 = 200]

       CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT (PORTFOLIO)                                                                   [75]

       Each candidate must prepare a portfolio of work during the period September of Grade
       11 to September of Grade 12. This work will be assessed internally by the candidate’s
       teacher. The IEB will call for a sample of portfolios that must be submitted for
       moderation by 31 October of each year.




                                                     SENIOR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS HANDBOOK: SEPTEMBER 2003 AS/40
                                                                               IMPLEMENTATION DATE: NOVEMBER 2004
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                    GUIDELINES FOR CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT
                                ECONOMICS SG

INTRODUCTION

Continuous Assessment (CASS) is the assessment of the learner’s performance carried out on an
ongoing basis at the learning site by the educator, using various assessment techniques.

Continuous Assessment has two components and the following table gives an overview of the
examination requirements:

            EXAMINATION                                                 CASS
        300 Marks adjusted to 225                                     75 Marks
                 75%                                                    25%




                             Continuous Assessment (SBA)


       Formal Assessment            Marks            Informal Assessment                        Marks


(A1)   Preliminary                            (B1)     Investigative Research
                                      15                                                           20
       Examination (TRIALS)                            Project (IRP)

                                              (B2)     TWO tutorials (Data or
                                                                                                    8
                                                       Article response)


                                              (B3)     Written report                               9
(A2)   A minimum of THREE
                                      15
       controlled tests
                                              (B4)     ONE of the following:
                                                     !   Interview
                                                     !   Visual
                                                                                                    8
                                                         Representation
                                                     !   Analysis
                                                     !   Oral


TOTAL                                 30      TOTAL                                                45




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                                                                               IMPLEMENTATION DATE: NOVEMBER 2004
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THE COMPONENTS OF CASS

A       FORMAL ASSESSMENT

A1      Trial / Preliminary Examination

•       The preliminary examination is to serve as a rehearsal for the final examination.
•       The duration of this paper must be 3 hours.
•       The mark allocation should be 300.
    •   It should preferably be written during August/ September.
    •   The standard of the paper must be comparable to the final examination paper.
    •   A colleague, also teaching the subject, should externally moderate the preliminary
        examination paper, if possible.
    •   The paper must comply with the IEB examination requirements for Economics.
    •   The examination must be completed under controlled circumstances.
    •   The question paper and memorandum must be included in the teacher's portfolio.
    •   The total mark to be adjusted to 15.

    A2 Controlled Tests

    •   A minimum of 3 controlled equally weighted tests should be included but teachers may
        include more if they wish.
    •   The candidate may choose the best 3 tests to form part of the portfolio.
    •   The tests should be at least 40 minutes in length.
    •   These tests should cover a large section of work (e.g. an entire module)
    •   Different sections of the work should be covered in each test.
    •   Classes should write simultaneously. (Only relevant for schools who have more than 1
        economics class per grade.)
    •   The question paper and memorandum must be included in the teacher's portfolio.
    •   The tests must be completed under controlled circumstances.
    •   The total mark to be adjusted to 15.

    B   INFORMAL ASSESSMENT

    B1 Investigative Research Project (IRP)

    •   Candidates can choose a topic to research.
    •   Topics should related to the syllabus and a contemporary issue in society.
    •   The project should consist of a written and display (visual) component.
    •   A brief presentation of the findings is necessary where the use of different media should
        be encouraged.
    •   The written component of the research project should set out:
        " Clearly attainable and measurable goals
        " The investigative process
        " Findings
        " Interpretation of the findings
        " A conclusion



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•   The leaner should submit the research project for assessment by the class teacher at the
    end of the 1st quarter of Grade 12.
•   The research project will be essentially self-study with some guidance from the educator.
•   The research project could be group work.
•   The research project will be not be completed under controlled circumstances i.e. learners
    may work on this at home.
•   Length of the research project to be 2 000 - 3 000 words.
•   A rubric is to set out clearly what is expected of the learners.
•   Self-assessment should take place on this piece of work although the assessment will not
    be included in the portfolio mark. It should however still be submitted.
•   The total mark to be adjusted to 20.

B2 Data (or Article) Response Tutorials

•   A minimum of 2 tutorials.
•   Approximately 40 marks in length.
•   About 1 hour long.
•   Data or article should be recent and relevant to the syllabus.
•   Must be marked according to a common memorandum.
•   Tutorials should be on different sections of work.
•   Tutorial questions will essentially be objective in nature (“short” questions).
•   The data (or article) response tutorials may either be completed under controlled or
    uncontrolled circumstances.
•   The total mark to be adjusted to 8.

B3 Report

•   Report on a recent event or occurrence with reference to the syllabus.
•   Topic to be decided upon by the educator.
•   Learners will need to investigate and research a topic.
•   The report should be a learner’s own, individual work.
•   Report should be no longer than 400 - 600 words in length.
•   Interpretation and insight into issues of the day to be highlighted.
•   Standardised rubric to indicate assessment focus.
•   Date of submission to be set by the educator.
•   The report will be not be completed under controlled circumstances i.e. learners may work
    on this at home.
•   A specific date for submission must be set and all concerned should agree on it.
•   Learners must show proof of using at least 1 other source other than his/her textbook.
•   The total mark to be adjusted to 9.

B4 Choice

•   The section is included to allow a degree of flexibility and to allow learners to do an
    assignment using skills they feel most comfortable with.
•   The educator will set the topics and candidates can choose how to respond to the topics.




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•   The choices include:
    " An interview
    " Visual Representation (i.e. multi media e.g. MS Powerpoint, transparencies, posters,
        etc.)
    " Analysis
!   Analysis refers to a research being presented formally and then being interpreted with set
    conclusions.
!   The analysis will be of a numerical nature.
!   An oral
•   The learner must also be able to defend his/her statements.
•   The learner should include a “paper trial” whereby he/she proofs that some form of
    “research” was done in the completion of the report.
•   Peer assessment may be included and must be submitted but not for marks.
•   The total mark to be adjusted to 8.




                                                       SENIOR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS HANDBOOK: SEPTEMBER 2003 AS/40
                                                                                 IMPLEMENTATION DATE: NOVEMBER 2004
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                                               Economics SG
                                                Mark Sheet


 Candidate's Examination Number




                                                                                                                                                  Interview/Visual/A
                                                                                               Research Project
         submission




                                                                                                                              Written Report
           Date of




                                                                                               Investigative
                                                                   Examination
                                                                   Preliminary




                                                                                                                                                  nlysis/Oral
                                 Description of task




                                                                                 Controlled




                                                                                                                  Tutorials
                                                                                 Tests
 eg 31-01-03          Investigative Research Project                                          X
 1
 2
 3
 4
 5
 6
 7
 8
 9
 10
 SUMMARY OF MARKS
                                     Total              Mark                                  Final mark
                                    Possible
 Preliminary Examination              15
 Controlled tests                      15
 IRP                                   20
 Tutorials                              8
  Report                             9
  Interview/Visual/Analysis/
                                     8
  Oral
  TOTAL                             75
Candidates are required to present their answers to the questions in a folder for assessment by the
school and moderation by the IEB. This mark-sheet must be placed in the front of the folder before
it is submitted to the IEB by 31 October. The folder must be able to hold all the pieces of work
securely.

I certify that all the work in this folder is the candidate’s own work.

Signature of the Teacher:         ____________________           Date:______________

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