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19 March 2004 S2004/018 1 of 2 pages TO: Principals Principals’ Nominees ATTENTION: Heads of Drama Teachers of Senior Drama External Assessment for Scholarship Drama The Drama Scholarship standard specifies “wide knowledge, experience and critical analysis of drama processes, texts and theories to perform and justify challenging and creative drama works.” The criteria requires the student to “communicate and create challenging drama, to apply critical analysis of drama processes and drama text to text- based, impromptu and self-devised drama performances” and to “substantiate and justify applied drama theory in self-devised work.” The attachment, „Evidence Collection for Scholarship Drama 2004‟, provides an overview of the examination process for the external assessment of candidate performances against the Drama Scholarship standard. Schools need to familiarise their candidates with the assessment process and set up a carefully controlled environment with suitable and reliable equipment to record candidate performances. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority will provide a Performance Supervisor to conduct the examination. An external panel will assess the recorded portfolio of performances against the criteria of the Drama Scholarship standard. 19 March 2004 S2004/018 2 of 2 pages Review The evidence collection process for this standards-based performance examination has the potential for logistical complications as the assessment is in several parts and involves the movement of candidates and the use of recording equipment. The Qualifications Authority Board has decided that this assessment process will be trialled for one year, after which its feasibility will be reviewed. Enquiries Circulars are available from the Qualifications Authority‟s website (www.nzqa.govt.nz/publications/circulars). Please refer any enquiries relating to the contents of this circular to Mike Chester National Assessment Facilitator (Drama) Assessment Secondary Education Group Telephone: 04 802 3032 Fax: 04 802 3113 Email: email@example.com EVIDENCE COLLECTION FOR SCHOLARSHIP DRAMA 2004 Preparation Preparation by the Qualifications Authority The Qualifications Authority will provide a Performance Supervisor to conduct the examination at each centre. Performance Supervisors will have suitable examination materials. Preparation by schools with one or more examination candidates Each school with entries of one or more candidates will be an examination centre. The school will arrange the following 1. An appropriate performance space, including a performing area approximately 4 metres by 4 metres with a static camera in a frontal position able to capture the whole area without repositioning stage dressing of no more than two plain chairs or stools, and one plain table artificial lighting or natural light with flat, even coverage of the space. No coloured gels to be used no enhanced sound or effects, e.g. smoke no costuming or props. Plain, non-specific clothing to be worn. 2. An appropriate VHS or DVD recording system to reliably record each candidate‟s performances. Suggestions for best recording performance: Backgrounds Candidates should avoid performing against high contrast backgrounds such as black or white. Red and pink backgrounds may also result in poor images. Avoid patterned or ornamented backgrounds. Audience The candidate should perform to an imagined audience positioned near the camera. Performance to the camera may distort the intended image. Personnel A school-supplied technician may be present to set up and advise on the use of equipment. No teachers may be present in the performance space. 3. A waiting room for candidates adjacent to but out of sight and earshot of the performance space. The school must provide a teacher supervisor for the waiting room. Where a school has a single candidate, the examination will be conducted in the performance space and no waiting room or teacher supervisor is required. Preparation by each candidate The candidate will bring to the examination two completed Statements of Intent (Parts A and C) and the two scripts relating to prepared performances. Statement of Intent forms can be downloaded from the Qualifications Authority website. report to the waiting room at the advertised time of the examination, bringing both Statements of Intent and both scripts. The Examination Process The waiting room supervisor will log candidates‟ times of arrival for the examination and dismissal after the examination ensure the order and security of the room allow warm-up activity. The Performance Supervisor will check the function and positioning of the recording equipment fetch each candidate to the examination performance space collect the two Statements of Intent and the two scripts from each candidate explain the warning signal to the candidate start the recording (which continues until the end of Part C) announce the start of Part A. PART A Text-based Performance The Performance Supervisor 1. announces the candidate by number and name 2. announces “Text-based Performance” and signals the candidate to begin 3. starts timing. The candidate 4. begins text-based prepared performance. The Performance Supervisor 5. gives the warning signal at 2 minutes 50 seconds 6. stops the candidate at 3 minutes 7. announces “Impromptu Performance” and reads out the prescribed task. PART B Impromptu Performance The Performance Supervisor 1. starts timing the preparation period of 1 minute 2. at 50 seconds gives warning signal that the impromptu performance must start within 10 seconds. The candidate 3. performs the impromptu performance for 2 minutes. The Performance Supervisor 4. at 1 minute 50 seconds gives warning signal 5. at 2 minutes invites the candidate to the camera to explain and justify the impromptu performance 6. at 50 seconds gives a warning signal 7. at 1 minute stops the candidate 8. announces “Performance of Self-devised Piece” and begins to time the work. PART C Performance of Self-devised Piece The candidate 1. briefly introduces and then performs the self-devised piece (4 minutes in total). The Performance Supervisor 2. gives warning signal at 3 minutes 50 seconds 3. at 4 minutes 5 seconds stops recording 4. takes the candidate to the waiting room 5. returns to check the recording and set up for the next performance 6. visits the waiting room to dismiss the first candidate and escort the next candidate to the performance space. The first candidate 7. signs out of the waiting room and leaves. Completion When all portfolios have been completed: The Performance Supervisor collates and seals all candidate submission bags has the Principal authenticate the schedule for each candidate. Where the Principal declines to sign the authentication of a portfolio, a written explanation should be provided to the Qualifications Authority. Unauthenticated portfolios will be assessed but the grades will not be released until the portfolio is authenticated. The Performance Supervisor writes a report for the Qualifications Authority explaining any anomalies, irregularities or issues arising in the conduct of the examination. The Performance Supervisor places the report, together with the waiting room log, all individual candidate submissions, the candidate authentication schedule and any other relevant materials in the A3 labelled courier bags and sends them to the marking venue. Advice to schools and candidates Candidates should practise performances in examination conditions with recording equipment and within the examination performance, time and venue constraints. The onus is on the candidates to choose their extracts to fit the time available. This is a performance examination. The waiting room may be used as a warm-up space. As in all external examinations, there will be no opportunity for reassessment or partial reassessment should candidates, for whatever reason, fail to perform as and when required. The Performance Supervisor may take measures to counter what he or she considers an unfair assessment occasioned by equipment failure, school emergency or other unexpected circumstance. The Performance Supervisor is required to report to the Qualifications Authority on such measures and the reasons for them. Sample Statement of Intent forms are attached. SCHOLARSHIP DRAMA STATEMENT OF INTENT(A) Candidate number Candidate name ………………………………………. Centre no PART A Text-based Performance Name the prescribed text: …………………………………………………………………………………………. Identify your chosen extract: …………………………………………………………………………….…………… …………………………………………………………………………………………. Explain and justify your performance. Page 2 Scholarship Drama Statement of Intent Part A Complete this form and bring it to the examination. SCHOLARSHIP DRAMA STATEMENT OF INTENT(C) Candidate number Candidate name ………………………………………. Centre no PART C Performance of Self-devised Piece Identify how your self-devised piece shows the influence of ONE of Stanislavsky, Brecht or Artaud. Identify how your self-devised piece uses TWO of the following elements of drama: tension, focus, symbol. Explain and justify your performance. Page 2 Scholarship Drama Statement of Intent Part C Complete this form and bring it to the examination.
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