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Curriculum for Excellence: Assessment

Throughout the school year, teachers carry out on-going assessment in a variety of ways to determine what children know, understand and are able to do.

Assessment may be:

  • Formative and involve both the teacher and learner in identifying and planning for next steps in learning
  • Summative e.g. at the end of a block of work, providing evidence of what has been learned or achieved.
  • Diagnostic e.g. standardised tests to help teachers assess pupil progress, development needs, etc. and to allow the school to monitor progression and trends.
  • Curriculum for Excellence assessment includes recognition of learners' achievements, via profiles at key stages of their school career and via formal qualifications.