Assessment Standard National Higher Advanced Higher 345 2.1 Making Accurate Statements 2.2 Solving Problems 2.2 Describing an application of biology 2.3 Describing a biological issue in terms of the effect on the environment /society 2.4 Solving Problems Outcome 2: Assessment Standards
Level Assessment Standard Evidence All2.1 Responses to a set of questions covering all key areas and problem solving skills National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher 2.2 National 3 and 42.4 National 32.2 and 2.3 Short report (30 to 50 words) National 42.2 and 2.3 Short report (40 to 70 words) Outcome 2: Evidence Requirements
Evidence Requirements: Assessment Standard 2.1 Candidates must be given the opportunity to make accurate statements about all of the key areas for each Unit. At least half of these statements should be correct for each Unit. A sample set of questions for each Unit is provided in the UASP. Questions can be replaced with suitable alternatives. The answers provided can also be adapted. When to use prior verification.
Assessment Standard 2.1: Re-assessment Candidates may be re-assessed in only the key areas that they have not achieved or they could sit a new test covering all of the key areas. Whichever method is used, at least 50% of the statements made by candidates must be correct.
Skill National Higher Advanced Higher 345 Selecting Information Making generalisations/predictions Processing Information Analysing Information Evidence Requirements: Assessment Standard 2.2/2.4 - Solving Problems
Evidence Requirements: Assessment Standard 2.2/2.4 - Solving Problems Candidates must pass all of the problem solving skills across the Course but can pass these skills in different Units. If a candidate is given more than one opportunity in a Unit assessment to provide a response for a problem solving skill, then they must answer at least 50% correctly. Once a candidate has achieved a problem solving skill then the evidence can be banked. A sample set of questions for each Unit is provided in the UASP.
Assessment Standard 2.2/2.4: Re-assessment If a specific problem solving skill (e.g. Processing Information) is not achieved, then only that skill needs to be re-assessed. If the candidate fails to demonstrate this problem solving skill on reassessment, they should be given further assessment opportunities to demonstrate this skill in the other Units of the Course.
Evidence Requirements: Assessment Standards 2.2 and 2.3 (National 3 - 4) To meet these Assessment Standards candidates can: produce two separate short reports, one covering Assessment Standard 2.2 and one covering Assessment Standard 2.3. or produce one short report which covers Assessment Standards 2.2 and 2.3. If two separate reports are produced, the biological issue described to meet Assessment Standard 2.3 does not need to be related to the application described in the report produced to meet Assessment Standard 2.2.
Evidence Requirements: Assessment Standards 2.2 and 2.3 (National 3 & 4) National 3 candidates should be given an application of biology to describe but at National 4 they can, with guidance, select an application to research. To meet these Assessment Standards the evidence produced must: o Use biology knowledge to describe the application/issue. o Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying biology. o Use terms and ideas that are correct and at a depth appropriate to the level of study.
Assessment Standards 2.2 and 2.3 (National 3 - 4): Re-assessment For the purpose of re-assessment candidates: Only need to be re-assessed on the specific Assessment Standard(s) that has not been met. Should be given the opportunity to re-draft their report(s).
Outcome 2 – Transfer of Evidence Assessment Standard 2.1 is not transferable between Units or levels. A pass in any of the other Outcome 2 Assessment Standards can be used as evidence of a pass in the corresponding Assessment Standard in a different Unit of the Course or at a lower level. Assessment Standards 2.2 and 2.3 can be overtaken as part of the Added Value Unit.