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Guide to Progress 8

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noblegiraffe Sat 27-Aug-16 18:37:26

Anyone interested in secondary education will be hearing more about Progress 8 over the coming months, especially when the league tables come out in January.

I think this link is a good explanation of how it will work:

And why it's not necessarily a measure of school effectiveness:

And a criticism of the calculations:

Also, please remember that because of confidence intervals, you CANNOT say that a school that has a progress 8 score of 1 is better than a school that has a score of 0.9.

MrsGuyOfGisbo Tue 13-Sep-16 10:38:30

Some schools are openly stating what their score is this year, even though they do not have to.
If they have being gaming the system to prioritise the D to C borderline at the expense of the A and E pupils they will not be keen.
Definitely worth asking at open evenings - they can then present any justifications they want to for a lower score.
However if it is a case of 'the primaries are inflating the KS2 results' that doesn't wash as would be the same for all, so would not affect comparisons between secondaries.

stubiff Tue 13-Sep-16 12:33:45

noblegiraffe, the current/old Value Add measure also showed more progress for the better intakes/attainers, so it's not just a Progress 8 problem. Whether it's a problem with the 'progress' measure or just a fact of life, I don't know.

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