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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00405: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 1 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy pretests involve; whether there will be a numeracy pretest in 2016, and what the reason is for its position on this matter.

Answered by: John Swinney 10 June 2016

The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) pretesting is an important quality assurance mechanism in the development of new assessment tasks. It is one of a number of procedures employed to validate assessment tasks and to check the quality of individual assessment items. The SSLN has now been running for a number of years and sufficient and appropriate survey materials have been generated. Therefore a numeracy pretest in SSLN 2016 was not required.