The SSLN can still create material gain for teachers

The data gathered by the scrapped literacy and numeracy survey can reduce workload and bolster CfE

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This year, for the first time since 2012, the Scottish government is not publishing the results of a Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN).

The original plan was simple: get rid of the SSLN and replace it with standardised testing, the results of which would be available on a school-by-school basis.

This, first minister Nicola Sturgeon insisted, was necessary to improve Scottish education. The SSLN was, after all, just a survey – and test results from every P1, P4, P7 and S3 pupil in Scotland would be much more reliable.

It wasn’t true – although that didn’t seem to matter. But it ...

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