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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09484: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 25 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government by what means the attainment gap is measured.

Answered by: John Swinney 13 June 2017

The Scottish Government will use the data that will be published each year through the National Improvement Framework Evidence Report to measure the attainment gap at different stages of school, and across literacy and numeracy. The Evidence Report brings together the available evidence on achievement, attainment, health and wellbeing, and the wider education system, with a specific focus on differences between children living in the most deprived and least deprived areas.

This data provides a range of possible ways of measuring the attainment gap, and we have committed to working with stakeholders later this year to agree which specific measures are most useful to drive improvement and measure progress towards closing the gap.