Qualifications Update: Biology Key messages Provides progression from National 5 Biology Content is very similar to the Revised Higher Biology Develops an increased depth and complexity of knowledge and understanding Further develops higher order skills Offers personalisation and choice Provides flexibility Course Structure • 3 Units: – internally assessed by centres – externally verified by SQA – Pass/Fail • Course assessment – Question Paper – Coursework (Assignment) Key messages • Course assessment consisting of: – Question paper • marked by SQA. • a specimen Question Paper and marking instructions will be published February 2014, which meet the requirements of the Course Assessment Specification. – Assignment • conducted by centres & marked by SQA. • Assignment Information will be published in March 2014, which meet the requirements of the Course Assessment Specification. Key messages • SQA is currently developing Unit and Course assessment materials to support the Higher Biology Course. • Unit Assessment Support will provide three support packages that exemplify different approaches to assessment and gathering evidence. Centres will be free to develop their own assessment packages. • Evidence for the achievement of Outcome 1 and Assessment Standards 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 for one Unit in this Course can be used as evidence of the achievement of Outcome 1 and Assessment Standards 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 in the other Units of this Course (except Researching Unit). Key messages from Verification (Round 1) • Use valid and reliable assessments - SQA-produced Unit Assessment Support Packs Centre devised assessments that have been prior verified Your own assessments – strongly advise you have these prior verified • Making assessment judgements - - SQA packs are designed on a pass/fail basis Use Judging Evidence Tables to make assessment judgments against Assessment Standards Judging Evidence Tables have commentary on how to meet each Assessment Standard A task/activity can meet most or all of the Unit Outcome and Assessment Standards Indicate on candidate’s work that Unit Assessment Standards have been met • Unit Assessment complementing learning and teaching - Unit Assessment is open and flexible Assessment should allow you space to prepare for Added Value/Course Assessment Assessment Support Schedule 2013/14 Sept 13 CfE Update Letter Oct 13 Unit Assessment Support (Package 1) Feb 14 Unit Assessment Support (Package 2) Feb 14 Higher Specimen Question Paper Mar 14 Coursework General Assessment Information Apr 14 Unit Assessment Support (Package 3) May 14 Update Mandatory Documents Jun 14 Update Unit Assessment Support Biology Unit Assessment at Higher Unit assessment - recap • Flexible and open Assessment Standards and Evidence Requirements in Units • Greater range of techniques and methodologies for assessment – encouraged • Assessments can be designed to provide evidence across more than one outcome or Unit – combined assessments • More opportunities to gather naturally occurring evidence – assessment as part of learning and teaching Unit Assessment Support purpose As at National 5, Assessment Support will be provided which you can use to: • Assess your candidates • Adapt for your own assessment programmes • Help you develop your own assessments Unit Assessment Support at Higher – key features • Valid from August 2014 • Complements and supports learning and teaching • Assess competence against Unit Outcomes and Assessment Standards • Designed to encourage professional judgement • Provide broad-based tasks – allow assessors to choose appropriate context and forms of evidence • Show range of approaches to generating assessment evidence • Give information on the type of evidence which could be gathered Summary of Requirements to pass a Unit Assessment Standards can be achieved in a variety of ways Assessors should ensure that the work is the candidate’s own. Summary of Requirements to pass a Unit Outcome 1 All six Assessment Standards are required. They can be achieved through a number of activities Outcome 1 is transferable and need only be overtaken once in the Course. Summary of Requirements to pass a Unit Outcome 2 This can be achieved through a number of activities 2.1 at least half of the statements should be correct across the key areas of the Unit 2.2 the description of the application must be at an appropriate level 2.3 the description of the issue and its effect on environment/society must be at an appropriate level 2.4 all 4 problem solving skills (making predictions, selecting information, processing information and analysing information) must be achieved Summary of Requirements to pass a Unit Outcome 2 Assessment Standard 2.1 is Unit specific Assessment Standards 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 are transferable and need only be overtaken once in the Course. Unit assessment support packages at Higher - approaches Package 1 • Unit by Unit approach – discrete assessment tasks for each Unit Package 2 • Combined approach – groups Outcomes and Assessment Standards from different Units Package 3 • Portfolio approach – naturally occurring evidence Assessment Package 1 This pack consists of three assessment activities for each Unit: Activity 1: a scientific report of an experiment to generate evidence for Outcome 1 • Activity 2: a short report of a research investigation to generate evidence for Assessment Standards 2.2 and 2.3 • Activity 3: a set of questions to generate evidence for Assessment Standards 2.1 and 2.4 Assessment Package 2 This pack consists of two assessment activities: Activity 1: an investigation of a key area of any Unit through research, a practical activity and problem solving, covering Outcome 1 and Assessment Standards 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 Activity 2: a set of questions covering Assessment Standard 2.1. This generates evidence that the candidate is able to make accurate statements demonstrating knowledge and understanding gained throughout the Course Assessment Package 3 Portfolio Approach This pack outlines the gathering of naturally occurring evidence Re-assessment Assessment Standard 2.1 If you have used a test and the candidate does not achieve AS 2.1, then you could reassess by either: • giving another test covering all the key areas • analysing the candidate's performance and reassessing only those key areas in which they did not do well In either case, the candidate needs to score at least 50% across the key areas. Not 50% for each key area. Re-assessment Assessment Standard 2.4 • If a specific Problem Solving skill (eg selecting Information) is not achieved, then only that skill need be re-assessed • If, after re-assessment, the candidate fails to demonstrate that Problem Solving skill within this Unit assessment, they could be given further assessment opportunities to demonstrate this skill, in the other Units of the Course Biology Higher Course Assessment Course Assessment at Higher • Course Assessment at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher assesses Added Value • Courses at Higher are graded A – D, as at present • Biology has 2 Components – a question paper and an assignment Higher – Question Paper • Assesses ability to retain and integrate knowledge and understanding from across the Course content • The weighting is approximately proportionate to the Units • Structure similar to existing Revised Higher Biology • 100 Marks • Duration - 2 hours 30 minutes Higher – Question Paper • Section 1 consist of 20 objective questions • Section 2 consists of a mix of restricted and extended response questions which has 80 marks Higher – Assignment • The assignment will require the candidate to carry out an in-depth study of a Biology topic • The topic will be chosen by the candidate (to be reviewed by the assessor) who will investigate/research the underlying Biology • Marked by SQA Higher – Assignment This assignment has two stages: • a research stage • a communication stage, during which the report is written The research stage will be conducted under some supervision and control. The communication stage will be conducted under a high degree of supervision Duration: should be no more than 8 hours in total Higher – Assignment Skills, knowledge and understanding Aim Applying knowledge and understanding of biology Mark allocation 1 4 Selecting information 2 Processing and presenting data/information 4 Analysing data/information 2 Conclusion 2 Evaluation 3 Presentation 2 Course Assessment at Higher BIOLOGY WORKSHOP 2 To understand the requirements of Higher Course assessment Workshop 2 - Course Assessment Workshop Aim • To understand the requirements of Higher Course Assessments Following on from your discussion and using the materials provided, discuss: the requirements of the Higher Course Assessment how these requirements build on the Higher Units how these requirements build on National 5 (where appropriate) What key points will you take back to your centre?