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Assessment Criteria


Students will be assessed on the degree to which they demonstrate:

Investigation


  • accurate, detailed comprehension evidenced by locating, selecting, recording and acknowledging sources

  • accurate, detailed comprehension in the classification, analysis and evaluation of information.

Interpretation


  • accurate, detailed understanding of perspective and drawing conclusions about historical significance from sources

  • imagination and independence in hypothesising, synthesising, constructing arguments and assess the available evidence

  • consideration of alternative approaches and understanding of historiography (T only)

  • empathetic understanding of values and cultures.

Communication


  • fluency and clarity using historical conventions

  • the use of diverse methods of presentation

  • the exchange of ideas in examining historical issues.

Student Capabilities

Creative and critical thinkers


Students analyse context and content through the use of primary sources, to make critical evaluations. Students draw upon their creativity to identify connections and develop their historical insight.

Enterprising problem-solvers


Students will analyse contemporaneous political and social problems and promote possible solutions or evaluate those found at the time.

Skilled and empathetic communicators


They will engage in tasks that develop an appreciation and respect for other peoples’ perspectives and actions. They are encouraged to engage with the peoples throughout history and relate that to the world in which they live.

Informed and ethical decision-makers


Students will develop objectivity and clarity of thought in analysis, evaluation, comparison and justification of events and outcomes. They will focus on hypothesis and testing assumptions from available evidence.

Environmentally and culturally aware citizens


Students will be encouraged to understand the effect that environment, both physical and cultural, has had on the development of mankind.

Confident and capable users of technologies


Students will have opportunities to become confident and capable of users of a range of technologies, to enhance their skills of investigation, interpretation and communication.

Independent and self-managing learners


Students will develop skills in effective time management. They will develop confidence to become independent learners by reflecting on the processes involved in undertaking and completing a variety of tasks.

Collaborative team members


Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively in order that they clarify their thinking, practice compromise and develop and refine their ideas and argument.

Unit Grades







Unit Grade Descriptors for A courses

A student who achieves an A grade typically

A student who achieves a B grade typically

A student who achieves a C grade typically

A student who achieves a D grade typically

A student who achieves an E grade typically

Investigation

makes apt and thoughtful application of information from sources.

accesses relevant information from obvious sources.

reflects some use of relevant materials

relies heavily on few sources.

accesses relevant sources when assisted and repeats supplied information

Interpretation

appreciates differences in perspective, argues a case or is imaginative where appropriate

recognises differences in perspective and comprehends key issues

demonstrates an empathetic awareness of values and cultures

has awareness of differences in values and cultures

has limited recognition of differences in values and cultures

considers alternative approaches demonstrating an understanding of historiography

demonstrates some understanding of alternative approaches and historiography

shows simple comprehension of the key issues

shows limited comprehension with variable accuracy

shows little comprehension of information

demonstrates an empathetic understanding of values and cultures













Communication

communicates in a coherent and articulate manner

participates in exchanges of ideas in examining historical issues

uses a range of methods of presentation

communicates with adequate fluency and structure

communicates with basic fluency and structure; reliant on guidance

uses a range of effective methods of presentation

communicates in a coherent manner

participates in some exchanges of ideas in examining historical issues

uses simple methods of presentation

communicates with little fluency






Unit Grade Descriptors for T courses

A student who achieves an A grade typically

A student who achieves a B grade typically

A student who achieves a C grade typically

A student who achieves a D grade typically

A student who achieves an E grade typically

Investigation

displays confidence, flexibility and initiative in locating, selecting, analysing, recording and acknowledging sources

is accurate, analytical, and attentive to detail in locating, selecting, recording and acknowledging sources

uses appropriate and obvious information when locating, selecting recording and acknowledging sources

locates and records obvious information and has limited acknowledgment of sources

relies on assistance to locate and record obvious information and lacks acknowledgement of sources

Interpretation

shows insight and a critical awareness of alternative perspectives in resolving complex issues

shows some insight and critical awareness of perspectives in resolving issues

shows awareness of perspectives in resolving issues

shows awareness of perspectives

has limited recognition of values and cultures

assesses evidence to construct independent hypotheses and arguments

assesses evidence to attempt hypotheses and construct arguments

constructs arguments based on the evidence

produces responses which are descriptive based on research

produces responses which are descriptive

has a sophisticated empathetic understanding of values and cultures

has an empathetic understanding of values and cultures

understands differences in values and cultures







Communication

communicates findings with clarity, vitality and imagination, using diverse and effective methods of presentation

communicates in an articulate and thoughtful manner using diverse methods of presentation

communicates coherently and competently, sometimes varying the methods of presentation

communicates with basic fluency, structure and methods of presentation

communicates with limited fluency and structure

engages in dynamic exchanges of ideas in examining historical issues

engages in exchange of ideas in examining historical issues

participates in exchanges of ideas in examining historical issues

participates in some exchanges of ideas in examining historical issues









Unit Grade Descriptors for M courses

A student who achieves an A grade typically, independently

A student who achieves a B grade typically, with some assistance

A student who achieves a C grade typically, with occasional assistance

A student who achieves a D grade typically, with continuous guidance

A student who achieves an E grade typically, with direct instruction

Investigation


locates answers in appropriate sources

locates answers in sources

locates answers in sources

locates answers in sources

locates answers in sources

Interpretation


summarises key features and structures of societies

describes key features and structures of societies

identifies features and structures of societies

identifies some features of societies

identifies minimal features of societies

develops historical accounts using evidence from sources

develops historical accounts using some evidence from sources

develops historical accounts from sources

develops historical accounts from sources

develops historical accounts from sources

summarises simple causes of change and continuity in particular contexts

describes simple causes of change and continuity in particular contexts

identifies some causes of change and continuity in particular contexts

identifies basic causes of change and continuity in particular contexts

identifies basic causes of change and continuity in particular contexts

summarises change over time in different places

describes change over time in different places

recounts change over time in different places

identifies change over time

identifies change over time

Communication

communicates simple ideas and arguments with referencing

communicates simple ideas and arguments with referencing

communicates simple ideas with referencing

communicates basic ideas with some referencing

communicates basic ideas with minimal referencing

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