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Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in May 2015 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2016

Stage 1 | Subject outline | Assessment design criteria

Assessment design criteria

The assessment design criteria are based on the learning requirements and are used by teachers to:

  • clarify for the student what they need to learn
  • design opportunities for the student to provide evidence of their learning at the highest possible level of achievement.

The assessment design criteria consist of specific features that:

  • students should demonstrate in their learning
  • teachers look for as evidence that students have met the learning requirements.

For this subject the assessment design criteria are:

  • knowledge and understanding
  • analysis
  • application.

The specific features of these criteria are described below.

The set of assessments, as a whole, must give students opportunities to demonstrate each of the specific features by the completion of study of the subject. 

Knowledge and Understanding

The specific features are as follows:

KU1 Knowledge and understanding of ideas and perspectives explored in texts.
KU2 Knowledge and understanding of language features, stylistic features, and conventions to make meaning.
KU3 Knowledge and understanding of ways in which texts are created for a range of purposes and audiences.


The specific features are as follows:

An1 Analysis of the relationship between purpose, audience, and context, and how they shape meaning.
An2 Analysis of how language features, stylistic features, and conventions are interpreted by readers.
An3 Analysis of intertextual connections.


The specific features are as follows: 

Ap1 Precision, fluency, and coherence of writing and speaking.
Ap2 Use of appropriate language features, stylistic features, and conventions for a range of audiences and purposes.
Ap3 Use of evidence from texts to support conclusions, with textual references incorporated in responses.