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Australian body will run national tests

The UK arm of ACER has won the tender for literacy and numeracy assessments under the National Improvement Framework

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The £12 million contract for delivering national tests in literacy and numeracy in Scottish schools has gone to the UK arm of an Australian not-for-profit organisation, the Australian Council for Educational Research.

The ACER told TESS that it had “extensive experience” of delivering online assessments on a similar scale to the tests that will be introduced in Scotland.

The organisation began developing computer-based assessments in 2006 when it worked with Pisa (the Programme for International Student Assessment). It has been delivering its own assessments since 2012, a spokesman said. The ...

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