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HSC and Preliminary assessment grids for Modern History

The samples illustrate one way in which an assessment program can be constructed to meet the Board’s parameters that three to five tasks are sufficient for a two unit course. It shows that a variety of tasks can be used and that, overall, the weighting requirements for each of the assessment components are met.

There are many other ways in which similar HSC and Preliminary assessment grids could be constructed that may involve different types of tasks, timing of tasks and weightings given to each task.

Schools may use the assessment grids without modification, or change them to suit their particular needs, being mindful that the weightings for each of the assessment components in the HSC course are mandatory.

Modern History Sample Preliminary assessment grid
Component Task 1
The Civil Rights Movement in the USA
Task 2
Decolonisation in Indochina 1945-1954
Task 3
The World at the Beginning of the 20th Century
Task 4
Examination
Weighting
Research and in-class essay Source analysis Historical investigation    
Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 3  
P1.1, P2.1, P3.2, P3.5, P4.2 P1.1, P2.1, P3.2, P3.3, P3.4, P3.5 P1.2, P3.1, P3.2, P3.5, P4.2 P1.1, P1.2, P2.1, P3.3, P3.4, P4.1, P4.2  
Knowledge and understanding of content     10 30 40
Source-based skills   15   5 20
Historical inquiry and research 10   10   20
Communication of historical understanding in appropriate forms 5 5 10   20
Marks 15 20 30 35 100
Modern History Sample HSC assessment
Component Task 1
World War I
Task 2
Alexandra Kollontai
Task 3
Russia & Soviet Union
Task 4
UN as Peacekeeper
Task 5
Trial HSC Examination
Weighting
Source analysis Research and in-class essay Perspectives and interpretations Research and presentation    
Year 11 Term 4 Term 1 Term 2 Term 2/3 Term 3  
H1.1, H1.2, H3.3, H3.4, H4.1 H1.2, H2.1, H3.1, H3.2, H4.2. H1.1, H3.1, H3.2, H3.4, H3.5, H4.2 H2.1, H3.3, H3.5, H4.2 H1.1, H1.2, H2.1, H3.3, H3.4, H4.1, H4.2  
Knowledge and understanding of content 5   10 5 20 40
Source-based skills 10       10 20
Historical inquiry and research   10   10   20
Communication of historical understanding in appropriate forms   5 10 5   20
Marks 15 15 20 20 30 100
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