Assessment and Reporting

Effective assessment practice within schools and establishments includes:

  • Learner involvement in setting personal targets and next steps
  • On-going self-evaluation by learners, staff and school leaders
  • Identification of strengths and next steps
  • A range of approaches to assessment
  • A variety of evidence gathered informally on a day to day basis or formally at certain points throughout the school year
  • Consideration of data analysis and performance information
  • Moderation of standards using Education Scotland Benchmarks

Achievement of a Level & Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA):  Learner’s progress is defined within the following levels:

Achievement of a level means that the learner has achieved a breadth of learning across the curriculum area and has met the appropriate benchmarks; that they have responded consistently well to the level of challenge in their learning and can apply what they have learned in new and unfamiliar situation.


From August 2017, National standardised assessments have been introduced to all schools across Scotland in aspects of reading, writing and numeracy, for all learners in P1, P4, P7 and S3.  These assessments sit alongside a wide range of other evidence including ongoing classroom assessment of all aspects of literacy and numeracy.  They cannot be used alone to confirm judgements of achievement of a level.  Within schools and establishments, finding out about your child’s progress includes:

  • Attending parents’ information evenings
  • Discussing progress with teacher staff and school leaders by appointment
  • Attend open evenings/afternoons including “meet the teacher” events
  • Summary Reports (sent home to parents/carers including an invite to make comments)
  • Social media updates from staff and/or the school