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ERIC Number: EJ836608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4279
Location, Location, Location: What Do League Tables Really Tell Us about Primary Schools?
Easen, Patrick; Bolden, David
Education 3-13, v33 n3 p49-55 Oct 2005
This paper examines the use of "league tables", based upon "performance data", by the Government to distinguish between primary schools. Data concerning one Northern Local Education Authority, were analysed. It was found that the position of a school in the League Tables of unadjusted scores tended to reflect the background characteristics, in particular the socio-economic status (SES), of its pupil population. Furthermore, the "value-added" measures whilst enhancing our understanding of the differences between schools does not do so in a way that sufficiently takes into account the background factors influencing pupil performance. Currently the League Tables present a simplistic, even potentially misleading, picture of primary schools. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom