• October 11th, 2017

Principles of Assessment and Rubric Construction

Paper , Order, or Assignment Requirements

Paper discusses principles of assessment and principles in rubric construction.
(10 marks)
Poorly written paper that shows little or no evidence of the principles of assessment or rubrics construction. No references to wider reading have been included.
A reasonably written and structured paper that shows some evidence of the principles of assessment and principles of rubric construction. Paper includes less than 2 references to wider reading.
A well written group paper that explains the importance of topic being assessed. The paper shows a sound understanding of the principles of assessment and the principles of rubric construction. Paper includes references to 2 readings.
A clearly well written, well structured paper that explains the importance and relevance of topic being assessed to the learning area. The paper shows a clear understanding of the principles of assessment and principles of rubric construction. Paper includes clear and concise references to 2 or more relevant wider readings.
The group paper has been presented in an exemplary manner. The paper clearly explains the importance and relevance of topic being assessed to the learning area. It is clearly structured and provides a detailed analysis of how the rubric reflects the principles of assessment and principles of rubric construction. The paper reflects a high level of understanding of 2 or more relevant wider readings.

Academic writing/literacy standards
Referencing and overall presentation
(5 marks)
Poorly presented. Poor grammar & spelling, many errors that interfere with understanding. In-text or reference list missing or has many errors. Assessment does not adhere to word length.
Presented as instructed.
Minor errors of spelling, punctuation & grammar.
Consistent referencing and suitable word length
Reasonably well-presented and structured. Good standard of editing, 3+ small errors.
Mostly correct APA style and word length.
Well-presented and structured. High standard of editing, 1-2 small errors.
Mostly correct APA style and word length.
Professionally presented
Very high standard of editing, no errors detected. Correct APA style and word length.

Through our research of multiple rubric styles, we discovered that for English the most efficient framework to use for assessing feature articles is a general and analytical approach.
Upon analysing the Year 10 Australian Curriculum and identifying the specific criteria for the given assessment, we chose to focus on providing a rubric that clearly outlines and assesses all three strands of the syllabus: language, literature and literacy.In the assessment, students are asked to produce a feature article written in the perspective of a character from the text Tomorrow When the War Began, while also providing intertextual evidence with other texts and current Australian issues. This assessment, provides an opportunity for students to present their understanding of social, cultural and political issues within a text and relate this to modern society through multi-modal means. A well written rubric will “provide the teacher, the student, and the parents with the important details for assessment” (Chapman & King, 2012). (p.99)
We chose to focus on producing a rubric that assesses feature articles, as this task allows students to demonstrate their knowledge that extends across a wide selection of criteria in the curriculum. It is important for a student’s growth in their cognitive understanding from lower secondary to upper secondary, to incorporate multiple aspects of the curriculum into tasks, as often English uses literacy, language and literature intertwined. Using feature articles as an assessment, allows the teacher to gage an awareness of students’ understandings of these multiple skills needed, as it will expose students’abilities in the area of grammar and punctuation, identifying key issues and themes within a text, and their ability to make intertextual links with other texts through these key social issues and themes.
Feature articles are more engagingbecause not only is the reader being influenced by the author’s perspective, it also enables the student to give their personal take and opinion on the topic at hand. This effectivetechnique of persuasion, is a highly relevant and applicable topic in English that is essential in understanding and deconstructing or constructing texts and media.
ACELT 1621Compare the ways that language and images are used to create character, and to influence emotions and opinions in different types of texts [Literature: responding to literature]

PARA 2:
We chose to focus on John Marsden’s text Tomorrow When The War Began because of its relevance to modern society. Suitable genre to both genders and age bracket.

PARA 3:

While other rubric styles may have the advantage of being more efficient to mark in large quantities, the analytical rubric provides the teacher, student and parents with a thorough understanding of a student’s overall abilities for a task and also an analysis of their specific strengths and weaknesses within the given criteria. This allows students to see which areas they are well developed in and which areas need more attention by providing specific feedback which in turn, gives them direction for improvement. (Brookhart 2013, P8)

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