Benchmarks for Numeracy and Mathematics


Education Scotland have now published the final Benchmarks for literacy and English, and numeracy and mathematics following a wide consultation with practitioners:

Numeracy and Mathematics Benchmarks

The Benchmarks embed a wide range of existing assessment guidance – significant aspects of learning, progression frameworks and annotated exemplification – into one key resource to support practitioners’ professional judgement.

Follow this link for FAQ regarding the Benchmarks:

Benchmarks FAQ

You may find this document highlighting the changes that have been made to the Draft Benchmarks helpful:

Numeracy Mathematics Changes Document

Guidance from Education Scotland is that the core resources for practitioners are the Experiences and Outcomes for planning, and the Benchmarks to support assessment, tracking and professional judgement of when a level has been achieved:

“Assessment is an on-going process to support learning. The Benchmarks should be used to help monitor progress towards achievement of a level and to support overall professional judgement of when a learner has achieved a curriculum level. They support professional dialogue, moderation and monitoring of progress in learning.
Evidence of progress and achievement will come from:
•observing day-to-day learning within, and outwith, the classroom.
•coursework, including tests.
•learning conversations.
•planned periodic holistic assessments.
•information from standardised assessments.”

This offers a much clearer and more streamlined resource for practitioners, and supports the use of the Highland Numeracy Progression, diagnostic assessments and trackers to give evidence of learning and progression for individual learners.

Have a look at these links for more information from Education Scotland:

A Statement for Practitioners from HM Chief Inspector of Education

Education Scotland – Benchmarks

Education Scotland – Benchmarks Exemplification

Follow this link to the National Improvement Hub for the accompanying statements and delivery plan:

National Improvement Hub Delivery Plan