Recent SQA research

Approach to Assessment of Graded National Courses 2022

Thousands of learners and educators across Scotland took part in our evaluation of how National 5, Higher and Advanced Highers were awarded in 2022.

Evaluation of the 2021 Alternative Certification Model

The 2021 Alternative Certification Model (ACM) was adopted to support learning, teaching and assessment following the cancellation of exams on public health grounds. Alongside academic partners we carried out research to find out how it worked in practice.

Education reform in Scotland - 2021

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

Appeals 2021

Employers and qualifications 2021

Research archive