Educational research reports

Our Policy, Analysis and Standards team is responsible for commissioning, carrying out and collating research to inform and support all aspects of SQA’s activities.

Education reform in Scotland

In 2021, SQA conducted two pieces of research to contribute towards the national discussion and evidence base around education reform in Scotland:

These research reports underpinned SQA’s response to Professor Muir’s review of education reform (619 KB). His subsequent report, Putting Learners at the Centre: Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education, was published by the Scottish Government on Wednesday 9 March 2022 and references the research.

Senior phase assessment in Scotland

OECD's paper Upper-secondary education student assessment in Scotland: a comparative perspective follows its report on Curriculum for Excellence in June.

To inform their work we submitted this report to the OECD.

Employers and qualifications

Appeals 2021

National Qualifications evaluation 2017

NQ Research Fieldwork

Research and Evidence Report: Internal Unit Assessment in National Courses

This Report looked at the policy and guidance documents that shaped the new Courses.

Research archive