Date lodged: 12 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the comment by the chief inspector at paragraph 44 of the report, Scottish National Standardised Assessments User Review Year 1 – Session 2017/18, that “P1 teachers use the information the assessments provide to tailor support and to personalise approaches to ensure children get the very best start in their education”, what its response is to the observation at paragraph 52 that “The digital skills of children had an impact on their experience of the assessments…Teachers commented that this was a developmental issue that might inhibit children doing the assessments early in P1”, and what the impact on the veracity of the assessments was of pupils not having these skills.
Answered by: John Swinney 19 September 2018
The SNSA are diagnostic assessments designed to identify next steps in learning for children and young people. Identifying strengths or concerns about a child’s digital skills are very much part of everyday learning and teaching, as are the SNSA. The User Review highlights the concern about digital skills and in some instances questions have been re-designed or replaced. To minimise the range of digital skills required by young children, there has also been a reduction in the number of drag and drop type questions. This does not impact on the diagnostic value of the questions but will have a positive impact by making the assessment more user friendly.