Assessments

Standardised National Standardised Assessments Session 2017-18

In line with Aberdeenshire Council Policy pupils at Insch School will engage with the Scottish Government’s new Standardised National Standardised Assessments (SNSAs) launched in August 2017. The Scottish Government has commissioned the Scottish National Standardised Assessments as part of the National Improvement Framework.

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. Alongside a wide range of other assessment activity, the assessments help to inform that understanding by providing teachers with objective and nationally consistent information on children’s progress. Teachers can then discuss children’s progress with them and their parents, planning next steps accordingly, and ensuring parents understand how best to support their child’s learning at home.

What‘s new?

The Scottish Government has introduced a single, nationally developed set of standardised assessments, designed to reflect the way we deliver education in Scotland, through Curriculum for Excellence. These assessments are expected to replace the variety of existing standardised assessments that local authorities and schools use at the moment.

Ongoing and informal assessment is, and will continue to be, a central part of everyday assessment. Teachers will continue to draw on all of the assessment information available to them, when considering children’s progress and planning the next steps in their learning.

What is being assessed?

Scottish National Standardised Assessments focus on aspects of reading, writing and numeracy.

Who is being assessed?

All children in P1, P4, P7 and S3.

How many times will your child take the assessments in a school session?

P1 children will take two SNSA assessments: one in literacy and one in numeracy. P4 children will take three SNSA assessments: one in reading, one in writing and one in numeracy. P7 children will take three SNSA assessments: one in reading, one in writing and one in numeracy. S3 young people will take three SNSA assessments: one in reading, one in writing and one in numeracy.

The following assessment schedule will be followed at Insch School, in line with Authority policy.

Stage Assessment Window    
S1 MIDYIS 04/09/2017 – 13/10/2017 P3 INCAs 05/02/2018 – 16/03/2018
P5 INCAs 30/10/2017 – 08/12/2017 P4 SNSA 19/02/2018 – 29/03/2018
S3 SNSA 13/11/2017 – 20/12/2017 P1 SNSA 16/04/2018 – 25/05/2018
P7 SNSA 08/01/2018 – 16/02/2018