general science assessment criteria
Possible Assessment Criteria



Theory

Item

Assessment Criteria
Tests
Performance is judged by the extent to which students are able to:
• demonstrate an understanding of scientific ideas
• describe a practical procedure
• state definitions accurately
• derive and demonstrate an understanding of concepts
• explain scientific ideas clearly and concisely
• apply critical thinking to the solution of problems
• use scientific terms and symbols appropriately
• relate scientific ideas to applications



Practical Work

Item

Assessment Criteria
Practical Reports
Performance is judged by the extent to which students are able to:
• describe the purpose, procedure, results and conclusions of an experiment
• record data and observations concisely in an appropriate format
• record data to an appropriate degree of precision
• evaluate the accuracy of the data
• identify sources of error
• draw conclusions based on the results of the experiment

Practical Skills
Performance is judged by the extent to which students are able to:
• identify the variable in an experiment
• plot a graph, selecting appropriate scales and units
• draw a line of best fir through a series of data points
• interpret diagrams of apparatus

Experimental Design Report
Performance is judged by the extent to which students are able to:
• state clearly the problem to be investigated
• describe what needs to be observed or measured
• describe the apparatus and procedure to be used for the measurement

Research

Projects, Oral Presentations and Information Communication Technology (ICT)

Item
Assessment Criteria
Research Projects
Performance is judged by the extent to which students are able to:
• understand the science obtained in the search
• acknowledge the sources of the information obtained
• relate the scientific ideas to the topic of the search
• organise and interpret the scientific ideas obtained in the search
• communicate the scientific ideas effectively
• use scientific terminology and notation correctly
• critically evaluate the information obtained

ICT Component
Performance is judged by the extent to which students are able to:
• plan and organise a presentation in the form of a storyboard
• plan layout and links between hypermedia files
• design the presentation for readability and ease of navigation
• use software to present information in the form of a presentation or animation or web page
• use text, graphics or video or sound in the presentation
• use basic scripting skills
• create an interactive presentation with the use of hyperlinks
• create and import graphics as well as perform basic manipulation skills
• access information and graphics from media, the internet and other sources
• use prepared templates or create templates for presentation
• scan images for use in presentation

Oral Presentation
Performance is judged by the extent to which students are able to:
• speak clearly and fluently
• demonstrate an understanding of the science of the topic
• use prescribed time effectively
• communicate science content in a structured and effective way
• provide evidence of effective presentation


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