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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01321: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 7 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it considered seeking additional evidence on national testing following reports that only four pieces of written evidence were received.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 21 July 2016

More than 5000 people were involved in shaping the National Improvement Framework, over three months of widespread consultation. The approach to national standardised assessment was developed after extensive engagement with teachers, parents, children and academics. We have drawn evidence from a range of advice and publications, including from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development – specifically their publications Synergies for Better Learning: An International Perspective on Evaluation and Assessment and Education Policy Outlook 2015.

It is important to note that the Scottish Government is not introducing a national testing regime or ‘high stakes’ tests. The national standardised assessments will be designed to provide information for the teacher on where a child is doing well, and where further support might be required. That information will be used by teachers to plan future learning; to help parents understand their child’s progress, and how best to support them to progress further; and to improve outcomes for individual children.