Key stage 1 and key stage 2 item validation trial 2018

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The SQA is working on behalf of the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) to conduct the 2018 Item Validation Trial (IVT) at key stage 1 and key stage 2.  The trials will take place between 18-29 June 2018 for key stage 1 and between 21-25 May 2018 and 4-8 June 2018 for key stage 2. Participation in the trials is by invitation only and STA will draw a representative sample of schools with age-appropriate children. Participation in trialling for the national curriculum tests is statutory for those schools selected by STA.

Taking part in the trial will help you to prepare for the national curriculum tests. You will also have an opportunity to influence the content of future key stage tests, helping to ensure that they provide valid and reliable assessments.

The trial will test the reliability of test questions which, depending on their performance, will be used in future national key stage tests. The trial is aimed at testing the performance of individual questions rather than the performance of any pupil, and will help establish the following:

Trialling the questions means that schools can have more confidence that the results of national curriculum tests will be valid and reliable.