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Scottish National Standardised Assessments

This page provides you with information relating to the Scottish National Standardised Assessments used in West Lothian schools.

Assessment in West Lothian Schools

In West Lothian schools a programme of Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA) in literacy and numeracy are carried out as part of every day learning.

Assessment is a central part of everyday learning and teaching for every child and young person and these assessments have been specifically designed to reflect the way we deliver education in Scotland.

The SNSA assessments have been developed to align with Curriculum for Excellence.

What is Scottish National Standardised Assessment

School children in P1, P4, P7 and S3 complete online standardised assessments in literacy and numeracy as part of everyday learning and teaching.

The assessments help to identify children's progress, providing diagnostic information to support teachers' professional judgement.  

The assessments are as inclusive as possible to accommodate the needs of children and young people who require additional support.

There is no pass or fail and children and young people do not have to revise or prepare for these assessments.

How does the SNSA benefit your child?

The online assessment system produces diagnostic information about where your child did well and where further support is required.

Your child's teacher uses this feedback to help plan next steps and provide further support as appropriate. Providing the right support at the right time helps to ensure your child can reach their potential.

How can you help?

You have a key role to play in helping your child to progress in their learning. Talk to your child's teacher if you have any concerns about their learning or assessment.  Ask for information on how you can support your child's learning at home. 

For further information about how to support your child's learning, their education and school life, visit Parentzone Scotland's website.

More information on Scottish National Standardised Assessments can be found on their website.