Dear Parents & Caregivers of Year 10 students,

The Validation of Assessment for Learning & Individual Development (VALID) test for Year 10 students will be held between Monday 3 September and Friday 14 September 2018.  The test takes approximately 70 minutes. The VALID Science 10 test is an interactive, multimedia test is completed entirely on a computer.

VALID Science 10 contains multiple choice, short response and extended response tasks that are grouped around real-world issues, including scientific investigations. This is a diagnostic test, with tasks framed on Stage 5 outcomes and essential content in the NSW Science Years K-10 Syllabus.

Students will be tested on their:

  • knowledge and understanding of science
  • understanding and skills in the process of scientific investigation
  • ability to evaluate evidence, make judgements and think critically
  • ability to access information and communicate scientific ideas

Students also complete a survey  about their opinions, attitudes and values about science and technology.

Since students complete VALID Science & Technology 10 on a computer, each student needs to bring headphones or earbuds that plug into a school computer. Earbuds for an iPod or portable player are suitable.

Results of the test will be available during Term 4, 2018. Information about each student is treated confidentially and held securely to ensure that the right to privacy of all students is maintained. A personal report for each student will be sent to parents/carers to describe the science knowledge and skills demonstrated by the student in the test. There will also be information about how your child’s results compare with overall performance of all students in the test.

If you require any further information, please contact Dr Royal at the College.

Kind Regards,

Dr Melissa Royal
Leader of Learning – Science and STEM