VALID quick quizzes
These VALID quick quizzes are one type of short assessment that can support monitoring and feedback of student knowledge, understanding and skills in science.
Video – Tips for using the VALID quick quizzes
Watch this short video to find out how to search for and download the VALID quick quizzes. A transcript for this video is available.
Duration – 5:31
Tips for using the VALID quick quizzes.
Hello and welcome to the Introduction to VALID quick quizzes.
The link on this webpage will take you to a summary of all 73 quick quizzes.
These quizzes are past VALID item sets. Each item set presents a unique context and students must apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to this context.
The items are designed to be formative assessment and feedback will be provided to both the teacher and student immediately after they submit each quiz. Each item has been psychometrically validated and reviewed as part of the test development process.
The items are all linked to dot points in the syllabus for stages 3, 4 and 5. Stage 3 teachers will also need to download the syllabus coding key to interpret this summary table.
The summary table records the stage of each item, the name of the item set, the year that it appeared in the test and the major syllabus and minor syllabus focuses that it addresses.
The easiest way to search for an appropriate set is to use the search function of the sheet. By clicking Control F you’ll open the find dialogue and you will be able to type the code for the syllabus dot point into the sheet to find the item sets that may correspond to units of work you are currently working on. For example, if I was doing a stage 5 unit of work on genetics, I know that I would type in SC5- LW for Living World and I know that genetics is Living World 3 and that will bring me to these two item sets that are predominantly genetics-based questions.
This would also work, for example, stage 4 working scientifically. I know that first-hand investigations are predominantly working scientifically 5 so now I am able to find all of the stage 4 item sets that predominantly assess those first-hand investigation type outcomes.
Or if I was doing stage 3 and I was predominantly looking at digital technology I would type in SC3-DIT. Again, a stage 3 teacher will need to download the coding key for this and I will be able to find all of the item sets that address the digital technology outcomes in stage 3.
Once I’ve established which set I wish to download, I can then find the set I wish to download, I can then choose the format that I would like to work in. We have created Microsoft form versions, Google form versions and a pdf of each of the item sets. You simply click on the link in the column that you are interested in using. The form link will force you to duplicate the quiz. The quiz will then be saved in your Department Office 365 Forms Account. The Forms app appears in your account. The Google version will force you to copy the quiz and save it to your Google Drive. You should have logged in using your @education.nsw.gov.au account. Once you have downloaded either the Microsoft version of the Google version you can then edit these quizzes, adding your own questions, merging quizzes together or deleting questions that you don’t think suit your needs. You can also add your own links to the feedback that is given to students after they have submitted the test. You may wish to link to items in your own Google Classroom or Microsoft OneNote ClassNotes to ensure that students are referred back to the learning that you have presented them with.
Once you have downloaded either form, you can generate a link that can be sent to your students via email or placed in either their classroom OneNote or Google Classroom so they can complete the quiz.
If you have any questions about any aspect of these quizzes, please contact the VALID team using the contact us tab on our website.
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