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IB Internal Assessment Criteria

Planning A

 

Level

Defining the problem or research question

Formulating the hypothesis or prediction

Selecting variables

Complete

Identifies a focused problem or research question

Relates the hypothesis or prediction directly to the research question and explains it quantitatively where appropriate

Selects the relevant independent and controlled variables

Partial

States the problem or research question but it is unclear or incomplete

States the hypothesis or prediction but does not explain it

Selects some relevant variables

Not at all

Does not state the problem or research question or repeats the general aim provided by the teacher

Does not state a hypothesis or prediction

Does not select any relevant variables

Planning B

 

Level

Selecting appropriate materials or apparatus

Designing a method for the control of variables

Designing a method for the collection of sufficient relevant data

Complete

Selects appropriate apparatus or materials

Describes a method that allows for the control of variables

Describes a method that allows for sufficient relevant data

Partial

Selects some appropriate apparatus or materials

Describes a method that makes some attempt to control the variables

Describes a method that allows for insufficient relevant data

Not at all

Does not select any appropriate apparatus or materials

Describes a method that does not allow for the control the variables

Describes a method that does not allow relevant data to be collected

Data Collection

 

Level

Collecting and recording raw data

Organizing and presenting raw data

Complete

Records appropriate raw data (qualitative and/or quantitative, including units and uncertainties where necessary

Presents the raw data clearly allowing for easy interpretation

Partial

Records some appropriate raw data

Presents raw data but does not allow for easy interpretation

Not at all

Does not record any appropriate raw data

Does not present raw data or presents it incomprehensibly

Data Processing and Presentation

 

Level

Processing raw data

Presenting processed data

Complete

Processes the raw data correctly

Presents processed data appropriately, helping interpretation and, where relevant takes into account errors and uncertainties

Partial

Some raw data is processed correctly

Presents processed data appropriately but with some errors and or omissions

Not at all

No processing of raw data is carried out or major errors are made in processing raw data

Presents processed raw data inappropriately or incomprehensibly

Conclusion and Evaluation

 

Level

Drawing conclusions

Evaluating procedures and results

Improving the investigation

Complete

Gives a valid conclusion based on the correct interpretation of results with an explanation of results, with an explanation and where appropriate compares results with literature values

Evaluates procedure(s) and results including limitations, weaknesses or errors

Identifies weaknesses and states realistic suggestions to improve the investigation

Partial

States a conclusion that has some validity

Evaluates procedure(s) and results but misses some obvious limitations or errors

Suggests only simplistic improvements

Not at all

Draws a conclusion that misinterprets the results

The evaluation is superficial or irrelevant

Suggests unrealistic improvements

 

IB Achievement Level Matrix

Matrix 1: For Planning A, Planning B, Conclusion and Evaluation. Personal Skills A, Personal Skills B

 

 

3

2

2

2

1

Completely

x

x

x

x

x

 

x

x

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

Partially

 

 

 

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

x

x

x

x

x

Not at all

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

1

0

0

Completely

x

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partially

 

x

 

 

 

 

x

x

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

Not at all

 

 

x

 

x

x

 

 

x

 

x

x

x

x

x

Matrix 2: For Data Collection, Data Processing and Presentation, Manipulative Skills:

 

 

3

2

1

1

0

0

Completely

x

x

x

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partially

 

 

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

 

 

 

Not at all

 

 

 

 

 

x

 

 

 

x

x

x