'School League Tables:The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'

Series Name Jointly hosted by University of Leicester and Royal Statistical Society
Speaker Dr George Leckie, Centre for Multilevel Modelling, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol
Type Arts & Entertainment
Starts at Mar 03, 2016 05:45 PM
Ends at Mar 03, 2016 06:45 PM
Venue Charles Wilson Building - City Lounge Level 2
Open To Public

For many parents choosing the best school for their children is a perennial concern, especially when moving to a new area. For many this choice is informed by the ‘School League Tables’ that have now been published for nearly 25 years.

These tables summarise ‘average’ GCSE attainment and ‘progress’ of pupils across the state-funded secondary sector.    However, the criteria for these League Tables is often strongly contested across the socio-political spectrum.

In this talk, jointly hosted by the University of Leicester and The Royal Statistical Society (East Midlands Group),  Dr George Leckie will provide a fascinating statistical critique of prominent past and present school performance measures. He will also question

Government justification for scrapping their contextual value-added measure and highlight fundamental design flaws in the current expected progress measures, along with the various measurement and interpretation difficulties in reporting socioeconomic achievement gaps.

This open lecture promises to be of interest to many across the University and is aimed at a broad (i.e. non-statistical!) audience and we look forward to seeing you there.