Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today called on the Education Secretary to confirm whether data on local schools' performance will be obtainable under freedom of information laws after John Swinney insisted that the government will only collect sufficient data to analyse national trends in education.
The announcement by the Cabinet Secretary coincides with threats from teaching unions to boycott the testing over concerns that they will be used to judge teachers', rather than pupils' performance.
Mr Scott said:
"Teachers will cautiously welcome the commitment from the Cabinet Secretary that the Government will focus on national trends. However, SNP ministers must now make clear whether local authories will hold pupil and class breakdowns and whether it will be possible for others to obtain this data under freedom of information in order to construct their own school league tables. League tables must not be assembled by the back door.
"Meanwhile, teachers rightly still have concerns that national testing will be used to crudely judge their own performance.
"We oppose measures that will lead to national school league tables. That will do nothing to raise attainment in Scotland. It is time that this government trusted teachers and supported them to do their job to the best of their abilities."