Congratulations to the team that brought ESSA Year 8 Science succesfully to over 65,000 students this year.
After last year's success we knew it could be done, but there certainly were many more new challenges this year. Effectively we increased the number of questions from 12 to 100 and we doubled the numbers of students online at one time.
Here's a little look at how students viewed the test.
The entire online test environment was hosted at its own web site - this was a Windows Azure cloud site which had more 300 servers running during the event to service the students actions.
After logging on, students were presented with a number of introductory pages which then lead to a dashboard containing the 14 sections that each had from 6 to 9 questions.
Clicking an image tile revealed the questions for that section and students could easily answer and navigate between the questions in the section.
Also this year we recorded quite a lot of new infomation abut how students attempt the test and the types of environments they used to complete the test. As this was the first time such a large number of students were online at one time it was a great opportunity to examine how the state infrastructure supported such events.
For example one metric we recorded was the speed each student was able to connect to the system.
It was great to see that over 88% of students were connecting to te web sites at speeds faster than 1MBit per second and where students conected at less than 1MBit per second the average speeds was still acceptable.
If you would like to check out more of the metrics visit our metric site which shows some very detailed information about the event itself.