NSW DOE’s VALID program is a win for students and teachers
DOE NSW had a need to transform the annual science test for the state’s Year 8 students from a paper-based test to an online multimedia assessment program. This would enable time efficient reporting and quality cohort level data to be fed back into school planning and form part of a holistic view of student progress.
The Validation of Assessment 4 Learning and Individual Development (VALID) program is providing online end-of-stage assessments for the Science KLA. VALID replaces the Essential Secondary Science Assessment (ESSA). Three assessments will be delivered: VALID Science and Technology 6, VALID Science 8 and VALID Science 10.
VALID will provide:
- High quality syllabus-based assessment frameworks that describe levels of achievement against standards. These can be used by teachers to inform school-based assessment practices.
- Online multimedia assessment tools that provide diagnostic data and time efficient reports. These can directly inform planning, programming and assessment across learning stages.
- Cohort level affective domain data from interest and engagement survey questions within each assessment.
- Five hours of BOSTES registered training that reinforces staff capability in making consistent judgements against syllabus standards.
- Systems and processes to monitor student achievement of syllabus outcomes and content across stages.
- External student assessment data that can be used in combination with school-based assessments to inform whole school planning processes.
When it was piloted in 2010 on the Janison CLS, nearly 40,000 students from 650 schools took the test online in a single day. It was the first time a standardised, state-wide practical test had ever been undertaken online. Since then, it has grown year-by-year, winning many accolades along the way. Over 100,000 children sat the test in 2015. The committed and talented people at NSW DOE have a focus each year on making the test better than the last. The high engagement levels of the students that love taking the test are a testament to their hard work paying off. In 2015, DOE worked with BOSTES to include Marker training for teachers, which contributed to their CPD points, making this project a win for everyone involved.