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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14435: Ross Greer (West Scotland)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has undertaken of any negative impact on pupil performance of computer-based assessments, such as those used in the new Scottish Standardised National Assessments.

Answered by: John Swinney 21 February 2018

The Scottish Government is currently preparing plans to seek pupil and teacher views on the SNSA which will be introduced following the first year of completed assessments. As part of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN), data was gathered on the use of computers in the classroom and for assessment, via the SSLN Pupil and Teacher Questionnaires. The following table shows responses from pupils and teachers that took part in the SSLN 2016.

 

SSLN 2016 Pupil Questionnaire results

How often do you use computers, tablets etc. to complete class tests?

  • P4 – 36% said “very often”

  • P7 – 24% said “very often”

  • S2 – 19% said “very often”

 

How much do you agree with the following?

I enjoy doing school work on a computer, tablet, etc.

  • P4 – 93% Agree a lot or agree a little

  • P7 – 94% Agree a lot or agree a little

  • S2 – 94% Agree a lot or agree a little

 

I usually do well in tasks in school when I use a computer, tablet etc.

  • P4 – 93% Agree a lot or agree a little

  • P7 – 91% Agree a lot or agree a little

  • S2 – 92% Agree a lot or agree a little

 

I find working on a computer, tablet etc, in school boring

  • P4 – 18% Agree a lot or agree a little

  • P7 – 13% Agree a lot or agree a little

  • S2 – 23% Agree a lot or agree a little

 

I find tasks using a computer, tablet etc. hard

  • P4 – 33% Agree a lot or agree a little

  • P7 – 19% Agree a lot or agree a little

  • S2 – 21% Agree a lot or agree a little

 

 

SSLN 2016 Teacher Questionnaire results

Using ICT has a positive impact on my pupil’s engagement in their learning

Primary Teachers

Secondary English teachers

Secondary non-English teachers

  • 99% strongly agree or agree

  • 91% strongly agree or agree

  • 92% strongly agree or agree

Using ICT has a positive impact on pupils' literacy skills

Primary Teachers

Secondary English teachers

Secondary non-English teachers

  • 94% strongly agree or agree

  • 77% strongly agree or agree

  • 75% strongly agree or agree