The Scottish Government commissioned the Scottish National Standardised Assessments as part of the National Improvement Framework and they were introduced in schools in June 2016 for pupils in Primaries 1, 4 and 7.

These assessments provide teachers objective and nationally consistent information on children's progress in aspects of literacy and numeracy, alongside a wide range of other assessment activity. Teachers can then discuss children's progress with them and their parents, taking into account the full range of assessment activity, including SNSA, to plan next steps and ensuring parents understand how best to support their child's learning at home.

For children and young people to have the best chance of reaching their potential, parents, carers, teachers and the children themselves need to understand how they are progressing and what further support they require.

To find out more about Standardised Assessment please view the guide for parent and carers (PDF) [2MB] (opens new window) .