Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy
The 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, and has been aligned with Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). It includes written, online and practical assessments.
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 and Education Scotland are also responsible for developing criteria for assessing literacy and numeracy at first (P4), second (P7) and third (S2) levels for the survey.
The SSLN focuses on literacy and numeracy in alternate years. The 2015 survey focused on numeracy, and also included a trial of literacy materials for future surveys. It concluded in June 2015 and the results from the survey will be published in April 2016.
Reports on the findings from previous surveys are available from the Scottish Government website.
Coordinating and administering the survey
Further information for SSLN assessment coordinators and teachers who are administering the survey can be found at www.ssln.org.uk
Learning and teaching resources
Resources to support improvements in learning and teaching practice, in both literacy and numeracy, can be found on Education Scotland's website.
Frequently asked questions
What is the SSLN?
The SSLN is the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy. It is a sample survey which monitors performance in literacy and numeracy in Scotland.
Why do we have the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy?
The SSLN monitors national standards of performance in literacy and numeracy in alternate years. We are keen to help all our pupils do well in all aspects of school life and achieve their full potential.
Does Scotland participate in any other international surveys?
Yes, Scotland participates in PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) which is widely recognised as the key international measure of educational achievement in maths, science and reading.
What information is published for the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy?
Information is collected for statistical and research purposes only. Pupils’ names and addresses are not collected as part of the survey.
Find out more
Further information on the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy can be found at www.educationscotland.gov.uk/ssln