ERIC Number: ED428977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Effectiveness of Grampian Secondary Schools.
Croxford, Linda; Cowie, Michael
In response to the (Scottish) government's decision to publish annual educational examination results, on a school-by-school basis, a three-year development program was established by Grampian Education Authority (Scotland) and the Centre for Educational Sociology (CES) at the University of Edinburgh. In this report, the main findings of the development program with respect to two different types of indicators of school performance are described. The types of indicators include: young people's perceptions of their experiences at school, and the "added value" of schools in terms of their pupils' attainment. Key findings include: (1) the majority of young people who attended Grampian secondary schools found their schooling a worthwhile experience; (2) over three-quarters agreed that "school work was worth doing,""discipline was fair," and "my teachers helped me to do my best"; (3) average attainment in public examinations has risen between 1993 and 1994; (4) although there are large differences between Grampian schools in the average attainment of school leavers, most of the difference between schools are attributable to differences in pupil intakes; and (5) league tables based solely on published examination results, which do no control for pupil intake, give a misleading picture of the relative effectiveness of Grampian schools. Tables showing results of the survey are provided. (EH)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Global Education, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, School Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes
Centre for Educational Sociology, The University of Edinburgh, 7 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LW, Scotland.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Edinburgh Univ. (Scotland). Centre for Educational Sociology.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)