The introduction of Progress 8.

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Andrews, Jon
Date of publication
3 March 2017
Education and Skills
Social welfare
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This report explains the workings of Progress 8, designed to measure how well pupils progress between the end of primary and the end of secondary school. The score for each pupil is based on whether their actual GCSE scores are higher or lower than those achieved by pupils of similar attainment at the end of primary school. Rather than assessing a school’s performance simply by the proportion passing a specific threshold, Progress 8 is a step towards measuring the underlying effectiveness of a school. The author describes the aims and effectiveness of this means of measuring achievement, the steps by which it was introduced, and the thinking on which it was based. He concludes that Progress 8 is a move towards a fairer accountability system, but that factors such as levels of disadvantage in individual schools need to be considered.

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