Handful opt out of national tests

Call for clarity as parents think SNSAs are ‘mandatory’

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Only a handful of parents have withdrawn their children from sitting the Scottish government’s controversial new national tests in literacy and numeracy, an investigation by Tes Scotland reveals.

In a response to a freedom of information request, answered by 28 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, only five councils – Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, and Perth and Kinross – report that any children have been withdrawn from sitting the Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSAs).

All five councils say that the total number of children who opted ...

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