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English Stage 2
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Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in May 2015 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2017.

Stage 2 | 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
  • teachers and assessors to 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 and assessors 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 in texts.
KU2 Knowledge and understanding of ways in which creators of texts use language features, stylistic features, and conventions to make meaning.
KU3 Knowledge and understanding of ways in which texts are created for different purposes, audiences, and contexts.


The specific features are as follows:

An1 Analysis of ideas, perspectives, and/or aspects of culture represented in texts.
An2 Analysis of language features, stylistic features, and conventions, and evaluation of how they influence audiences. 
An3 Analysis of similarities and differences when comparing texts.


The specific features are as follows: 

Ap1 Use of language and stylistic features to create texts that address the purpose, audience, and context. 
Ap2 Use of evidence from texts to develop and support a response.
Ap3 Use of clear, accurate, and fluent expression.