In 2015, Janison hosted the VALID program (formerly known as ESSA) for the NSW Department of Education, which transformed the annual science test for the state’s Year 8 students from a paper-based test to an online multimedia assessment program.
When it was piloted in 2010, 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. Following the successful pilot, Janison was awarded the contract to provide the program for the next 3 years.
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.
The CLS Assessment platform provides the technology and scalable services to eliminate paper-based exams and assessments and time-consuming manual processes to mark and complete the assessments. It supports an integrated suite of questions, videos and animations making learning and assessment more interactive.
“We are delighted with the results. Janison are great to work with and are really leading innovation in this space. The online environment provides opportunities to assess a broader range of syllabus outcomes. The test environment provides better access for students. Teachers have reported that student engagement levels are considerably improved.” -Eric Jamieson, NSW Department of Education