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I would love to give you feedback on the students’ responses but I am still a little at sea about a response being ‘perceptive’ rather than ‘appropriate’ or ‘critical evaluation’ rather than ‘feasible evaluation’ (for example). It seems to me that the high level responses from QCAA are light on with evidence for the higher level…I guess I am used to students providing more depth in their answers to show that higher level. What is interesting is that I had a conversation with our Senior Curriculum Coordinator about this issue and she said that we are moving away from kids writing a ‘thesis’ level response and use the samples on QCAA as a guide for how much is written to get the high level response(and quality of their written/sketched work of course). Then, when we send it away the confirmers will tell us if we are hitting it.
I am also concerned that I can’t explain to a student how to get better at their responses if they are at the ‘appropriate’ level. I have been seeking clarification from QCAA however I have yet to actually connect with the SPO. Believe me I’ve tried! We are all so busy.
I have looked at your exam examples several times and I think it was a great way to start - fun, relevant, interesting.
One question I have now is about Example 3 response… They received a 4 for Syn and Eval… is that because their synthesis was simple rather than coherent and logical? Because it seems their eval was critical rather than feasible. Have I read that right? I have only scanned the first two responses.
Well, I must go and mark but I will look at them further at a later time if you still want my observations?
Take care and I think you are doing a fabulous job!