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What are the Scottish National Standardised Assessments?

School children in P1, P4, P7 and S3 will complete online standardised assessments in literacy and numeracy. The assessments help to identify children’s progress, providing diagnostic information to support teachers' professional judgement.  

Children and young people do not have to revise or prepare for these assessments. The assessments are as inclusive as possible to accommodate the needs of children and young people who require additional support. There is no pass or fail.

Standardisation norming exercise

An important sampling study is being conducted between 20th November to 1st December to support national standardisation.

The data will be used to create age and stage national standardised reporting within SNSA.

Further information for local authorities and staff is provided within SNSA and via direct communication to participating schools.

An overview of assessments

The web-based Scottish National Standardised Assessments tool enables teachers to administer online literacy and numeracy assessments to learners in P1, P4, P7 and S3. The assessments are marked and scored automatically giving teachers immediate feedback to help children progress.

Once assessments have been completed, a diagnostic report will be available for individuals and groups of learners. The information provided by the assessments is used by teachers when making professional judgements about children’s progress. The reports focus on establishing where learners are in their progress in literacy and numeracy, identifying strengths as well as areas that require further support.

For more information please visit the assessments and reports page.

Why have these assessments been introduced?

Assessment is a central part of everyday learning and teaching for every child and young person. The Scottish National Standardised Assessments have been introduced as part of the National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education to provide teachers with objective, comparable information about progress, which will help improve outcomes for all children and young people.

These assessments have been specifically designed to reflect the way we deliver education in Scotland and are aligned with Curriculum for Excellence. Ongoing and periodic assessments are, and will continue to be, the main basis of teachers’ professional judgement. Teachers continue to draw on all of the assessment information available to them when considering children’s progress and planning next steps in learning.

Do you need more information?

Please visit the Question and answers section or scroll down for some further reading.

If your questions are not answered there, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Further reading

Explore further reading resources that provide the wider context for the Scottish National Standardised Assessments as well as advice on self-evaluation and improvement.

Looking for the assessment system?

Login to the Scottish National Standardised Assessment system for a quick start guide, the staff menu, help content, and contact details for the SNSA service desk. 

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