Date lodged: 7 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the capacity of schools to carry out national standardised assessments, specifically in relation to the availability of digital devices on which the assessments must be taken.
Answered by: Shona Robison 19 December 2017
It was a key requirement in the development of the Scottish National Standardised Assessments that the online system is compatible with a wide variety of technical platforms, devices and internet bandwidth connectivity available within Scottish local authorities and schools. The assessments can be accessed on Windows PCs and laptops, Apple Mac devices, Chrome books and tablet devices.
The assessments are widely compatible with the varied digital landscape available in local authorities. Care has been taken from an accessibility perspective to ensure that pupils who use assistive technology are able to use the system. The system will allow pupils to start the assessment on one device and then pick again on another should there be any problems with an individual device. As there is no fixed time for the assessments to be completed, they can be scheduled at a time that suits both the teacher and the availability of digital devices in schools.