‘School League Tables: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’

Posted by pt91 at Feb 29, 2016 12:52 PM |
Lecture jointly hosted by University of Leicester and Royal Statistical Society on 3 March

Date and time: Thursday 3 March, 5.45pm - 6.45pm
Venue: Charles Wilson Building - City Lounge Level 2
Register your attendance here: http://tinyurl.com/rssemlg5


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 (University of Bristol) 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 and is aimed at a broad (i.e. non-statistical!) audience.


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