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Scott: SNP moving at glacial speed on closing attainment gap

October 4, 2017 12:01 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said SNP ministers are moving too slowly on fixing the attainment gap after the Scottish Government announced it was launching its consultation on how to best measure the attainment gap.

The announcement comes weeks after a series of parliamentary questions uncovered that the Scottish Government won't announce how it is measuring the attainment gap until December 2017.

Mr Scott commented:

"The SNP must be embarrassed at this glacial progress on one of its key priorities. Two years after the First Minister made a keynote speech claiming closing the attainment gap between the most and least deprived students was her top priority, the government still doesn't know how to measure the size of this chasm.

"SNP ministers have repeatedly told everyone to judge them on their record of closing the attainment gap. However, they scrapped the annual survey of literacy and numeracy after worsening results. Now they won't even tell us what measure they will use until Christmas. People will be suspicious that ministers will wait and see where progress is being made and then champion that measure over other less promising assessments."