Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy

SSLN logoThe Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) is a national sample-based survey which monitors performance in literacy and numeracy in alternate years at P4, P7 and S2. Information from the survey is also used to inform improvements in learning, teaching and assessment within the classroom. The SSLN has been developed by a partnership of Scottish Government, Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority. It has been aligned with Curriculum for Excellence and includes written and practical assessments.

The first numeracy survey took place in all schools in May 2011 and the report on the findings was published in spring 2012. This was followed by the first literacy survey in May 2012, the report on which was published in spring 2013. There have subsequently been a 2013 numeracy survey (report published spring 2014) and a 2014 literacy survey (report due to be published in spring 2015). Information to inform improvements in learning and teaching practice is made available by Education Scotland following the publication of each report. These can be found here:

The 2015 numeracy survey will take place in May and June and the report on the findings will be published in spring 2016. All reports can be found here:

Role of SQA

SQA has responsibility for all operational aspects of the SSLN including the development and trialling of assessment tasks, printing and distribution of survey materials, the administration of the survey in schools and data capture of the survey results. SQA is also responsible, with Education Scotland, for developing criteria for assessing literacy and numeracy at first, second and third levels for the survey.

Further information for SSLN assessment coordinators and teachers administering the survey can be viewed on the SQA Academy website.