There is still an argument about whether school league tables, despite their well-known side effects, actually improve the performance of pupils by ‘holding schools to account’. This is despite careful analysis of extensive data collected by Government on all pupils in England via the National Pupil Dataset (NPD) and details can be found at http://cmm/team/hg/full-publications/2011/predicting-probabilities-school-choice.pdf … Continue reading Do league tables really improve test scores?
For over a decade OECD has been promoting its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) as a robust means of comparing the performance of educational systems in a range of countries. The latest results of tests on 15 year olds was published early in December and the British government, along with many others in Europe … Continue reading PISA and Public Policy
The trend towards private schoolinghas largely been a phenomenon of industrialised country education systems,starting with Charter schools in the USA and spreading to other countries such as England where Government policyannounced in 2016 is to convert all schools into ‘academies’ run by so-calledmulti-academy chains. In these systems the commercial returns fromprivatisation is often indirect, being expressed … Continue reading The role of private school chains in Africa