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The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy - High Level Summary of Statistics

Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy

The Scottish Government (SG) has taken a decision to discontinue the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN). The SSLN 2016 (literacy) took place in May 2016 and results was published in May 2017. This is the last SSLN survey.

The SSLN was a sample survey which measured national performance in literacy and numeracy in alternate years. It was aligned to Curriculum for Excellence Levels. First Level (P2 to P4) performance is assessed near the end of P4 (age 8-9), Second Level (P5 to P7) performance is assessed near the end of P7 (age 11-12) and Third Level (S1 to S3) performance is assessed near the end of S2 (age 13-14).

SSLN 2016 - Literacy

Reading performance, 2012-2016
Pupils performing well or very well

SSLN2016ReadingChart

  • Reading performance of P4 and P7 pupils was high, but declined slightly between 2012 and 2016 (six and two percentage points respectively). S2 performance in 2016 was similar to 2012
  • Pupils from the least deprived areas outperformed pupils from the most deprived areas at all stages in all three surveys.  The size of the gap in performance in 2016 was similar to the size of the gap in 2012.

Writing performance, 2014-16
Pupils performing well, very well or beyond the level

SSLN2016WritingChart

  • Writing performance of P4 pupils was similar in 2016 (62 per cent) and 2012 (64 per cent).  Performance of P7 and S2 pupils declined by seven and 15 percentage points, respectively, between 2012 and 2016.
  • Pupils from the least deprived areas outperformed pupils from the most deprived areas at all stages in all three surveys.  The size of the gap in performance in 2016 was similar to the size of the gap in 2012.

Listening and talking performance, 2014-16
Pupils performing well, very well or beyond the level

SSLN201LTChart

  • Listening and talking performance in 2016 was similar to that in 2014, at all stages.
  • Pupils from the least deprived areas outperformed pupils from the most deprived areas at all stages in 2014 and 2016. The size of the gap in performance in 2016 was similar to the size of the gap in 2014.
SSLN 2015 - Numeracy

Numeracy performance, 2011-2015
Pupils performing well or very well

 

  • The proportion of P4 pupils that performed well or very well decreased between 2011 and 2013, and again, slightly,between 2013 and 2015
  • At P7, performance stabilised between 2013 and 2015, after an initial fall between 2011 and 2013.
  • S2 performance remained the same across all three survey years.

More detailed information, including literacy and numeracy results by gender, deprivation and over time and responses to the pupil and teacher questionnaire, can be found at www.gov.scot/ssln

Background information, including frequently asked questions, can be found at SSLN.