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Core Knowledge (CK) refers to a current textbook series originally written by a collective of former top Year 12 South Australian students of the same name (2003–2008) for South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) students. The Core Knowledge group was the first student collective of its type and magnitude in Australia, recruiting top students from 13 schools across South Australia since 2003. Unlike other similar resources, the Core Knowledge subject guides incorporated a unique student perspective, earning praise from the Australian National Innovation Council in 2005 and students and reviewers from South Australia, Victoria, NSW, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. As of 2007, the resources available include Maths Studies, Biology, Physics and Chemistry subject guides.
Writers include former top students from Annesley College, Eynesbury Senior College, Glenunga International High School, Marryatville High School, Norwood Morialta High School, Prince Alfred College, Pembroke School, Rostrevor College, Sacred Heart College Senior, St Michael's College, St Peter's College, Westminster School and Wilderness School.
Executive members (2003–08): Yingda Li, Qiang Liu, Foo Lum, Duncan McLennan, Adrian Ting, Lilian Yan and George Young.
As of August 2008, Core Knowledge became the sole property of Fresnel Learning Pty Ltd, previous finalists in the Adelaide University e-business competition.
Year 12 SACE and International Baccalaureate (IB) Achievements of Core Knowledge Writers 2003-08
- 11 students who topped their South Australian school in Year 12
- 3 of the 11 perfect score (5 20/20s in Year 12) SACE students in SA in 2002
- 2 of the 6 perfect score SACE students in SA in 2003
- 2 of the 5 perfect score SACE students in SA in 2005
- 1 of the 5 perfect score IB students in Australia in 2002
- A total of 67 perfect scores of 20/20 in SACE Year 12 subjects
- 2002, 2003 and 2005 SACE Physics Prizes (Bronze Bragg Medal)
- 2003 and 2005 SACE Chemistry Prize (Way College Prize)
- 2003 SACE Biology Prize (Hardwicke College Prize)
- 2002 and 2003 SACE Prizes for Combined Maths, Physics and Chemistry (OneSteel Prize)
- 2002 SACE English Prize (Tennyson Medal)
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