ORGANISATION OF THE SDA SCHEME
ASSESSMENT, MODERATION AND AWARDS
Using the assessment criteria
The assessment criteria are
intended to be sufficiently rigorous to allow teachers to
decide whether or not a student has understood sustainability
issues sufficiently to be
given an award. However, their primary function is to provide
a checklist for teachers and students, against which they
can check their work at each
stage of the relevant unit of the syllabus. It is intended
to be helpful to students more than anything else. It should
provide cues for them to
think about how they are tackling their work and perhaps
to re-assess what they have done. The assessment criteria
have been designed to sit alongside
the criteria used by individual exam boards. An example of
an assessment of part of a pilot studentís folder is given to help understand
the assessment process (Coming soon).
Deciding on awards and moderation
You will see that alongside each of the assessment criteria there are two tick boxes.
These are intended for students and teachers to use as their assessment record. Students
could complete the first box and you could then check them yourself when looking at folders
to see whether or not students have met the criteria.
Suggestions for the number of criteria that need to be met for an award to be granted are given
for AS and A2 levels at the top of each set of criteria. We firmly believe that if teachers have
understood the principles behind sustainability issues, then they will be able to assess studentsí
understanding very easily.
When teachers have completed their assessment of students'
work, they should send a list of successful AS and/or
A2 studentsí names
to either ITDG or CAT as appropriate. Assuming no moderation
is necessary, schools will be sent completed SDA certificates
to give out to students.
We may hold an Award ceremony
at the DATA conference to which some students would be invited.
Check the News
and Events page
We also hope to celebrate studentsí work on the website. The
News and Events page gives examples
of studentsí work from the pilot phase and this will be updated each year.
We understand that exam board moderation must take priority. We also believe that teachers will have
sufficient objectivity to decide on whether a studentís understanding of sustainability shown in their
work merits an award. We hope moderation can also be done internally by another teaching colleague.
However, in order to ensure credibility, we reserve the right to ask for studentsí work to be posted
to us, or downloaded onto the website, or seen during a personal visit to your school by one of the
partners. We do not want this system to be in any way onerous.