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Scenario 4: Difficulty deciding between a D and an E grade

Please Note: Course Performance Descriptors are used to guide the awarding of grades for all subjects in Stage 5. The Common Grade Scale for Preliminary Courses is used to guide the awarding of grades for all subjects at the end of each Stage 6 Preliminary course.

The scenarios reflect the processes and practices that teachers may use in schools to award grades in both Stage 6 Preliminary and Stage 5 courses.


Alex:
Hi Charmina, how’s it going?
Charmina:
Hi Alex. I’m the process of grading Year 10 and I’m struggling with awarding Ds and Es. Can you help me?
Alex:
Sure. (Turn to camera) So, what do you think I should suggest?
Insert pause
Alex:
So, what have you done so far?
Charmina:
I’ve had a look at the support material on the ARC website and, while there are some work samples at grade D level, there aren’t any for grade E in this course. How do you know what the difference is between each grade?
Alex:
Have you had a look at the Course Performance Descriptors? They have more detailed descriptions of student achievement in your subject.
Charmina:
Yes I have, but I still find it difficult to determine the difference between basic and elementary achievement.
Alex:
Well, basic, which is a D grade, refers to students who have the ability to respond by extracting and recalling information, whereas elementary, which is a E, describes a student who can identify and locate information with teacher guidance.
Charmina:
Okay, so looking from an overall perspective, Don is able to find, remember and recall information so he would be a D and Therese can find the correct information, but only when I give her help, so she would get an E.
Alex:
Yes, that sounds right.
Charmina:
Alright. Based on that there are definitely only a couple of students who fit the description for an E, whereas the other students are definitely Ds. Thanks for your help Alex.
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