Internal Assessment in IB Biology
Important note: these documents are used in my own classes, though are not official IB products. They are shared in good faith, but treat them with caution and due diligence. Teachers must always refer to the most up-to-date advice from the subject guides, subject reports on the OCC and experts in the subject.
Tip: to print your completed rubric, first save as a pdf file- it doesn’t confuse the printers.
This version is submitted online to me by BIS students:
All assignments for BIS IB Biology must be submitted through Moodle, which is integrated with Turnitin.
There is a published set of IA guidance and sample assessed student work on the IB Biology Teachers Support Material page – which your teachers can access through the OCC. Occasional updates to the Triple A Learning IB Biology blog also address IA and assessment.
LabWrite is an online tool to help structure good-quality write-ups. Work through the steps of a lab report using this resource and check your report against the checklist and rubrics above. Does it help you work towards those ‘complete’ marks?
Make sure you pay attention to the IB’s:
More write-up resources that you might find useful:
If you join the Click4Biology Ning social site, there is a writing frame posted there by John Burrell.
Lab Skills, from the Open Door Website
Group 4 Project Page – click here
Other class rubrics. Please use these to continually self-assess your own progress.
Essential Biology Rubric – checked off each quarter to make sure you are on track.
Lab Book Rubric – checked off each quarter to make sure you are on track.
Attitudes in Science Rubric – self- and teacher-assessed to judge your effort and attitudes over the semester.
4PSOW in Excel (my version)
IB Biology Lab Bank Wikispace project (and please join in!)
Download the Turnitin GradeMark QuickMark comment databases that I use here. They correspond to the self-assessment codes in the rubric above, and will only work if your school subscribes to the full Turnitin WriteCycle suite.