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SQA News 25 February 2021

Assessment Evidence for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Mathematics

As remote learning and teaching continues, we appreciate that many teachers will be planning assessments for later in the session. Subject-specific guidance has been published for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher to support teachers and lecturers in gathering assessment evidence that captures the breadth, depth and challenge of the course. All provisional results must be based on demonstrated attainment.

For Mathematics, a single piece of assessment that covers both papers 1 and 2, and provides a secure evidence base for the provisional result is sufficient. However, there is still flexibility available in gathering evidence. For example, some schools, colleges and training providers may be planning to capture the breadth, depth and challenge of the course in one assessment, whereas others may use more than one assessment. Either way, each assessment can be split and carried out over more than one session to fit with a centre's teaching arrangements.

Assessments need to be consistent with SQA's design principles. This means they should be at the right level of demand, with appropriate differentiation and sufficient marks at grade A. Check your subject-specific guidance for examples of the types of questions that can be used. Assessments need to be marked to national standards, as exemplified in the extensive Understanding Standards materials.