National Assessment Resource: What is NAR?

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The National Assessment Resource (NAR) is an online resource designed to support assessment approaches for Curriculum for Excellence.

It was created by Education Scotland, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the Scottish Government.

The National Assessment Resource provides a single place in which assessment materials for Curriculum for Excellence can be stored. This includes assessment materials developed by SQA, Education Scotland and practitioners.

It includes examples of emerging practice which illustrate how practitioners are interpreting the standards and expectations set out in the Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes across curriculum areas, stages and qualifications.

One of the key functions of NAR is to provide a way for teachers and early years practitioners to develop a shared understanding of standards and expectations. NAR will support them in deepening their understanding and expertise in assessment. It will also help develop their capacity to make sound judgements about progress and achievement. Ultimately, as confidence and understanding grow, early years practitioners and teachers will have more ownership of NAR. They will become responsible for quality assurance to ensure the resources are fit for purpose, increasingly putting their own assessment resources into NAR.

This promotional video is a good introduction to NAR.

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NAR and the assessment framework

NAR is a key component of the Assessment framework published in January 2010 as 'Building the Curriculum 5'.

Alongside Glow and SQA Academy, NAR supports continuing professional development with opportunities to collaborate and discuss assessment approaches.

Supporting materials

Find out more about how to use the National Assessment Resource in the NAR Help section - no login required.

PDF file: Using NAR for assessment - a guide for educators (662 KB)PDF file: NAR A3 poster (197 KB)

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