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Progress 8 penalises schools with lower ability intakes, so should we still use this measure?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Established commenter

    I don't think there will ever be a perfect measure for schools that can take into account every situation of every student.

    Progress 8 is an improvement on the A*-C measure simply because it no longer encourages schools to focus on a single grade boundary and ignore the progress of the very top and very weak students. It is probably the best measure used in my 20 odd years as a teacher for schools.

    What should be done by OfSTED is to consistently use the Progress 8 in context for the school - it does happen e.g. the school graded as good despite a very negative progress 8 score due to the school entering students for IGCSE English as they felt it was the most appropriate course for them.
  2. scilady

    scilady New commenter

  3. scilady

    scilady New commenter

    Selective NI got 82% top grades against a UK average of 69%....selection must have delivered better results in the secondary moderns as well for NI to lead by such a huge margin....has to be partly down to teachers specialising in a smaller ability range in my view. Very few people are equally effective across the ability range. Maybe comps should stream the teachers too.

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