Tuesday 26 September 2017

New GCSE measurements explained

There are two new attainment targets in addition to the traditional percentage of students achieving Grades C and above at GCSE, the exams that English pupils take at the age of 16 (Year 11).

These scores now appear on the secondary school league tables that the government publishes each year.

They are called “Attainment 8” and “Progress 8“.

These are not grades that the students receive but the measurements allow parents to compare school performance with more accuracy.

With Attainment 8, schools achieve a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 English Baccalaureate qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications.

Progress 8 is perhaps more interesting,  showing the progress pupils make between the end of key stage 2 (Year 6) and the end of key stage 4 (Year 11), compared to pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2.   It draws from the same benchmark qualifications as Attainment 8.  There is a handy explanation video here: http://bit.ly/2cjrs5X.

Schools are scored between 1 and -1 with the average performance being marked at 0.

A similar progress measurement now applies in primary education.