The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy - High Level Summary of Statistics


Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy 2012 (Literacy)

Summary of pupil performance by stage

The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) is an annual, sample – based survey monitoring national performance in literacy and numeracy in alternate years. The 2012 survey focussed on literacy which included assessments on reading, writing and listening & talking. The survey involves school pupils at P4, P7 and S2, each of which are assessed at the relevant Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) level for their stage.


The 2012 literacy survey showed that for reading, 83% of P4 pupils, 90% of P7 pupils and 84% of  S2 pupils were ‘performing well’ or ‘very well’ at their respective level, i.e. they achieved 60 per cent or more in the assessment. For all three stages, pupils living in the most deprived areas performed less well than those from the least deprived areas.

Reading: Proportion of pupils performing well or very well at the level by deprivation

Pupils in Scotland 2012 - Reading attainment by deprivation

Further Information

More detailed information from the results of the 2012 SSLN can be found at SSLN 2012 (literacy) results.

Background information including frequently asked questions can be found at SSLN