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Standardised tests, National competency tests, National standards, Literacy education, Numeracy, Academic achievement, Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Primary school students, Secondary school students


This report has been developed to provide a summary of outcomes at a national level on the newly established system of national standardised assessments, which has since been termed ‘Scottish National Standardised Assessments’ (SNSA) in the 2017 to 2018 academic year, the first year of the programme. A central aim of SNSA is also to provide information on the outcomes of Scottish children and young people in literacy and numeracy over time. The assessments have been available for use in publicly funded schools in Scotland since August 2017. They are administered to children and young people in Primary 1, Primary 4, Primary 7 and Secondary 3 (P1, P4, P7 and S3) across Scotland, once in each school year at any point in time. Reports to schools and teachers are provided as soon as a learner completes an assessment. Additional reports are available for local authorities. This national report presents a description of what SNSA sets out to measure, and some findings from the first year of the programme.

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Scottish Government



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