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Internal Assessment Resource

Biology Level 2

|This resource supports assessment against: | |Achievement Standard 91158 | |Investigate a pattern in an ecological community, with supervision | |Resource title: Biodiversity in a NZ forest community | |4 credits | |This resource: | |Clarifies the requirements of the standard | |Supports good assessment practice | |Should be subjected to the school’s usual assessment quality assurance process | |Should be modified to make the context relevant to students in their school environment and ensure that submitted | |evidence is authentic |

|Date version published by Ministry of |November 2011 | |Education |To support internal assessment from 2012 | |Quality assurance status |These materials have been quality assured by NZQA. | | |NZQA Approved number: A-A-11-2011-91158-01-5057 | |Authenticity of evidence |Teachers must manage authenticity for any assessment from a public source, because students | | |may have access to the assessment schedule or student exemplar material. | | |Using this assessment resource without modification may mean that students’ work is not | | |authentic. The teacher may need to change figures, measurements or data sources or set a | | |different context or topic to be investigated or a different text to read or perform. | Internal Assessment Resource

Achievement Standard Biology 91158: Investigate a pattern in an ecological community, with supervision

Resource reference: Biology 2.6A

Resource title: Biodiversity in a NZ forest community

Credits: 4

Teacher guidelines

The following guidelines are supplied to enable teachers to carry out valid and consistent assessment using this internal assessment resource.

Teachers need to be very familiar with the outcome being assessed by Achievement Standard Biology 91158. The Achievement Criteria and the Explanatory Notes (EN) contain information, definitions, and requirements that are crucial when interpreting the standard and assessing students against it.


The emphasis in this standard is for the student to investigate a pattern (or absence) in an ecological community with reference to an environmental factor and the biology of interrelated organisms of different species. Refer to EN 2.

This assessment task has been written to work in conjunction with the internal assessment resource for Biology 2.1A. Students could use their own field data and observations collected during their practical investigation work (see Biology 2.1A internal assessment resource), as well as relevant...
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