VALID program

The Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development (VALID) program provides online end-of-stage assessments for the science key learning area. The assessments assist schools to monitor student achievement and inform planning, programming and assessment practice.

VALID replaces the Essential Secondary Science Assessment (ESSA). The structure and delivery of the tests is similar to ESSAonline.

Three assessments are offered:

  • VALID Science and Technology 6
    • Schools with students in Year 6 can elect to participate by registering their full cohort. Registered schools undertake to complete in-school marking of their students' responses. Teachers complete registered online training  prior to commencing marking.
  • VALID Science 8
    • This test is mandatory for NSW government schools and optional for non-government schools. Tests are marked externally.
  • VALID Science 10
    • Schools with students in Year 10 can elect to participate by registering their full cohort. Registered schools undertake to complete in-school marking of their students' responses. Teachers complete registered online training  prior to commencing marking.

There is no charge for government schools to register. A fee of $10 per student is applicable for non-government schools.

All students who participate in a VALID assessment will receive an individualised student report outlining the level of understanding they demonstrated during the assessment.

Registration

Schools wishing to register for any of the VALID assessments can do so through the appropriate link below.

Registration in the VALID program provides:

  • high quality syllabus-based assessment frameworks that describe levels of achievement against standards  to inform school-based assessment practices
  • online multimedia assessment tools that provide diagnostic data and time efficient reports to 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 NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) 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.

Professional learning

Teachers in schools registered for VALID Science and Technology 6 and VALID Science 10 mark the extended responses for their school after completing registered online training. Teachers will be credited with five hours of registered professional learning.

In-school marking provides insights for teachers into the level of understanding and skills demonstrated by students. This assists ongoing planning for teaching and learning.

More detailed information:

Dates for 2017

VALID tests and marking will be held during the dates indicated below.

VALID science and technology 6VALID science 8VALID science 10
Test window28 August to 8 September1 to 10 November23 August to 8 September
In-school marking window 13 September to 15 Octoberexternal marking13 September to 15 October

Schools will receive preliminary results reports for Years 6 and 10 in early November 2017 and for Year 8 in early December.

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