I am writing to clarify comments in your front-page report of October 30 ("Assessment stalled"), which have led to the misinterpretation of research carried out in Renfrewshire to consider assessment in the context of A Curriculum for Excellence.
This work was undertaken last year, prior to the Government's publication of its strategic vision on assessment and the experiences and outcomes. To equate this with the current situation is not helpful.
We have been considering how to progress with issues of assessment across all areas of learning. We were keen to understand what others were thinking about these issues. The research report has provided a clear understanding of how to move forward. We are building on this, along with the experiences and outcomes, and the Education Secretary's recently- published vision statement on assessment, to develop policy and inform practice over the coming session.
Our schools and partners have been making good progress towards the implementation of ACfE. Last year's research built on previous work on motivation and the assessment of engagement in learning. As such, we have been keen to work with colleagues and partners to inform the outcomes for all learners. Assessment forms an integral part of this framework for implementation, which we will continue to develop in the coming years.
Gordon McKinlay, education manager (learning and teaching), Renfrewshire Council.