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Performance Band Descriptors — 2016 Higher School Certificate

2016 Modern History Performance Band Descriptors and State Performance (Acrobat PDF)

2 unit Modern History

2016 Candidature - 10785

Band 6
(9.4%)

Comprehensively analyses the key features of specific periods of twentieth century history and evaluates the role of key individuals, groups, events and ideas. Evaluates the relative significance of factors contributing to change and continuity in the modern world. Displays a sophisticated understanding of historical terms and concepts. Utilises a variety of relevant historical sources and evaluates their reliability. Assesses different historical interpretations and perspectives. Communicates high level argument through well-structured and detailed texts.
Band 5
(31.73%)

Presents detailed analysis of the key features of specific periods of twentieth century history and evaluates the role of key individuals, groups, events and ideas. Explains the relative significance of factors affecting change and continuity in the modern world. Demonstrates a thorough understanding of historical terms and concepts. Utilises a number of relevant historical sources and evaluates their reliability. Argues using different historical interpretations and perspectives. Communicates a coherent and sustained argument through well-structured and detailed texts.
Band 4
(32.04%)

Explains the key features of specific periods of twentieth century history and makes some judgements on the role of key individuals, groups, events and ideas. Describes the significance of factors affecting change and continuity in the modern world. Demonstrates a sound understanding of historical terms and concepts. Identifies and makes adequate reference to prominent relevant historical sources. Explains different historical interpretations and perspectives. Clearly communicates a general argument through well-structured texts.
Band 3
(13.86%)

Describes the key features of specific periods of twentieth century history and the roles of key individuals, groups, events and ideas. Draws conclusions based on an understanding of change and continuity in the modern world. Correctly uses some historical terms and concepts. Identifies and draws basic conclusions from prominent relevant historical sources. Describes different historical interpretations and perspectives. Provides coherent descriptions of people and events from the past with some evidence of simple argument.
Band 2
(8.72%)

Describes people, events and ideas from specific periods of twentieth century history. Demonstrates, through sequencing of historical events, some understanding of continuity and change in the modern world. Demonstrates comprehension of basic historical terms and concepts. Recognises and draws simple conclusions from different sources. Recognises simple historical interpretations and perspectives. Provides limited coherent descriptions of people and events from the past in simple narrative style.
Band 1
(4.22%)

A mark in this band indicates that the student has achieved below the minimum standard expected.
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