Concerns over scrapping of ‘disturbing’ literacy and numeracy survey

One of the architects of Scotland’s national curriculum has criticised the government for scrapping a survey of basic literacy and numeracy skills, whose final set of results has shown a “disturbing” decline in standards.


Keir Bloomer, the chair of the Commission on School Reform, said the latest literacy results, published last week, showed something was “seriously wrong” with children’s reading and writing skills.


Less than half (49 per cent) of Scotland’s 13 and 14-year-olds are performing well in writing, according to the latest results of the Scottish Survey on Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN), a decline of 15 percentage points on 2012.


In future, data on literacy and numeracy will come via national standardised testing that is being introduced in primary and secondary schools and will be supported by teacher judgements. 


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