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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-18722: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the comment at paragraph 10 of the report, Scottish National Standardised Assessments User Review Year 1 – Session 2017/18,  that “teachers and schools are empowered to use the SNSA at a time in the year which suits children in their care and when the assessments will be most useful", what its response is to the statement by the EIS that "children were largely presented en masse through SNSA ‘assessment windows’".

Answered by: John Swinney 19 September 2018

The Scottish Government has made clear that individual teachers and schools, in conjunction with their local authorities, should decide the most appropriate time during the school year for children to take the Scottish National Standardised Assessments. We will discuss with local authorities the importance of schools having the flexibility to make the decision on timing.