Scottish National Standardised Assessments
Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA) are be launched across Scottish Primary and Secondary schools from session 2017/18. Kirkwall Grammar School Pupils in S3 will sit these assessments between February and May 2018. Please note that these are not formal examinations. They are used to inform teacher judgement about the progress your child is making towards achieving a Level in the broad general education (S1-3).
As part of the SNSA project, it is necessary to carry out national “norming studies” to provide national reference points against which children and young people's progress in literacy and numeracy can be monitored over time. The norming studies involve administering assessments to a randomly selected sample of Scottish children and young people in Primary 1, Primary 4, Primary 7 and Secondary 3. Two such studies will be conducted in the 2017-18 school year: one in November and one in March.
This data will be used to create national-level standardisation of the assessments. By creating two national reference points, teachers will be able to gauge progress throughout the school session, not just at a fixed point. The timescale for the first study is 20 November to 1 December 2017.
A total of 8,800 learners (4% of the learner population) has been drawn in the randomised sample for the November norming study, including small numbers of children and young people in most Scottish schools.
Participants in the norming study reflect the social and demographic profile of Scotland and have been randomly preselected from information provided through the school's information management system, SEEMiS, and as a result seven pupils in the current S3 have been selected as part of this process.
Further information about the SNSA can be found in the link below and in the document on the right.