ERIC Number: ED352410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Performance Indicators and Examination Results. Interchange, No. 11.
The ways in which data on performance on public examinations could be used as educational performance indicators were studied, focusing on the standard tables developed for the Scottish Office Education Department (SOED). These tables are available for every secondary school in Scotland. Further refinements to follow the planned release of the standard tables in 1991 were also considered. Performance indicators need to be relevant, informative, acceptable, efficient, and feasible. They can then be divided into relative ratings and value-added performance indicators. Relative ratings provide a measure of the performance of departments relative to each other within each school. They indicate how well students in a subject achieve in comparison with their achievement in other subjects in the school. Value-added performance indicators indicate how far students have progressed in a subject in comparison with similar students in other schools. Both methods produce indicators of school performance, and both are calculated from examination reports. Issues arising from looking at performance indicators that must be considered are discussed. It is recommended that the use and development of the standard tables should continue, with value-added performance indicators incorporated into the standard tables for higher grades as soon as possible. The monitoring system set up by the standard tables is timely and cost-efficient. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Comparative Analysis, Educational Indicators, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Performance, Performance Based Assessment, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation, Tables (Data), Test Results
Scottish Office Education Department Dissemination Officer, Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John St., Edinburgh, EH8 8JR, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Scottish Office Education Dept., Edinburgh. Research and Intelligence Unit.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)