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Question reference: S6W-20895

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: 30 August 2023
  • Current status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 29 September 2023


To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made on rejoining international surveys on literacy and numeracy, and in what year it will be possible to make comparisons between Scotland and other European countries.


Officials have met with the International Association for the Evaluation of Education Achievement, who direct PIRLS and TIMSS, to begin the process of rejoining the studies.

The next cycles of PIRLS and TIMSS will be in 2026 and 2027 respectively. Results for PIRLS 2026 are expected in December 2027 and results for TIMSS 2027 are expected in December 2028. At this point, comparisons can be made with participating countries from across Europe and beyond.