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S5W-00407: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 1 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the number of hours that (a) teachers and (b) pupils will spend (i) working to prepare for and (ii) undertaking new standardised national assessments.

Answered by: John Swinney 15 June 2016

These assessments will replace the standardised assessments already used in schools across Scotland. Assessment is part of everyday learning and teaching – teachers use it to assess children and young people’s progress and to put in place support where it is needed. There should not therefore be any additional teacher or pupil time in preparing for the new national standardised assessments beyond usual classroom activity.

Teachers will decide the appropriate time within the school year for individual pupils to sit the assessments. The assessments will be age and stage appropriate. We expect assessments to last around 25 minutes although primary 1 assessments are likely to be shorter than that. The assessments will need to be flexible however and allow more time for those who might need it.