Standardised assessments demonstration

MSPs invited to see assessments first-hand.

MSPs from across the Scottish Parliament have been invited to see standardised assessments first-hand.
Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, has arranged a drop in demonstration for all Members of the Scottish Parliament to see an example of the P1 assessment and the information it generates for teachers.
He said: “Standardised assessments are a valuable tool for teachers to identify the next steps in a child’s learning and the additional information they provide is particularly useful in the early years if we are to continue to close the attainment gap.

“They are designed to be delivered as part of everyday learning and teaching, they are not high stakes and there is no pass or fail. These types of assessments are also not new; 29 out of 32 local authorities previously carried out some form of standardised assessment.

“Throughout the first year of standardised assessments we have listened carefully to experiences and feedback and introduced a range of changes and improvements as a result. The Scottish Government will continue to listen to any constructive comments or suggestions about the assessments or how they are delivered.
“Many of my most vocal colleagues from across the chamber have never seen standardised assessments in practice. That is why I have arranged this drop in demonstration, to ensure an accurate and informed debate which focuses on the merits of standardised assessments and the benefits they can bring to the educational outcomes of our children and young people.”

An invitation has been sent from the office of John Swinney to all members of Parliament inviting them to take part.


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