Grade 8

Assessment Objectives

Below you will see what students are expected to be able to do by the end of Year 8 (Stage 9):


  • Construct a range of relevant research questions and identify the most appropriate one to follow up

  • Identify and accurately reference a wide range of print and multimedia sources and use them to locate relevant information and answer research questions

  • Select most suitable methods and conduct research to test predictions and answer a research question

  • Select, organize and effectively record relevant information from a wide range of sources and findings from research, justifying the method chosen


  • Identify perspectives and synthesize arguments and evidence from a range of sources on a given topic

  • Identify patterns and trends in graphical or numerical data in order to support an argument

  • Make some links between causes and consequences of an issue at personal, local and global levels

  • Recommend an appropriate course of action and explain possible consequences for a national or global issue


  • Evaluate a range of sources, considering the author and purpose and how well they are supported by other sources, explaining why some may be biased

  • Evaluate the reasoning of an argument in a source, considering the structure and techniques used


  • Explain personal contribution to teamwork and relate to own strengths and areas for improvement

  • Relate benefits and challenges of teamwork to personal experience of working together to achieve a shared outcome and identify targets for improvement

  • Explain how personal perspective on an issue has changed as a result of conducting research and exploring different perspectives

  • Identify skills learned or improved during an activity and consider strategies for further development


  • The team assign roles and tasks with an appropriate rationale and respond flexibly when required to help each other achieve a shared outcome

  • The team member introduces useful ideas to help achieve a shared outcome, and works positively and sensitively to resolve conflict and solve problems, supporting and encouraging other team members to participate, when required


  • Present coherent, well-reasoned and clearly structured arguments with detailed referencing of sources where appropriate

  • Listen to ideas and information and offer well-judged contributions that shape the discussion and enhance understanding of the issue