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The Program of Learning Assessment for Nova Scotia (PLANS) is managed by staff in the Student Assessment and Evaluation of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The division's objectives are to:

  • administer the Program of Learning Assessment for Nova Scotia (PLANS), which includes provincial, national and international assessments, in English and French
  • develop and administer program assessments to determine the effectiveness of curriculum delivery
  • develop and administer student assessments to assist students to achieve outcomes
  • provide student achievement information to government for education decision making
  • help teachers understand assessment principles and practices
  • publish accountability reports for all assessments and examinations, both for teachers and for the general public