In July 2013 the DfE published its Statement of Intent for School and College Performance Tables 2013. The Performance Tables provide a wide range of data about schools for parents, governors and others to assess how well a school is doing. Performance Tables will be published in mid December 2013 for primary schools and late January 2014 for secondary schools and colleges.
The changes planned for 2013 Performance Tables are summarised below:
CLOSING THE GAP
Measures previously published to show the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils compared with others will continue to be published but under the name ‘Closing the Gap’ as opposed to ‘Narrowing the Gap’. This more accurately reflects the Government’s intentions to raise attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils to the same level as others.
Three year averages for headline KS2 and KS4 attainment and progress measures relating to all pupils and, separately, to disadvantaged pupils and others will be introduced.
The gap for both attainment and progress measures between disadvantaged and other pupils for each school will be shown in relation to national figures.
Each school is to be placed within a unique group based upon pupil level prior attainment and then the headline measures shown (level 4+ at KS2 and % achieving 5+ A*-C (inc. Eng and Maths) at KS4), for each school in the group. These will be ranked, showing each school’s position within their group. For KS2, there will be 125 schools to a group. For KS4, there will be 55. Information on the school’s average level (KS2) or average grade per pupil based on their best 8 results (KS4) will be included.
The data in performance tables relate to those young people who completed KS4 in 2009/10 and are based on:
a) Education destinations in the year after the young person has left compulsory schooling;
b) Participation in education in all of the first two terms (defined as October to March) of the year after the young person left KS4.
PRIMARY SCHOOL TABLES
REPLACING REPORTING OF ENGLISH LEVELS
The DfE will no longer combine reading national curriculum test and writing teacher assessment results to produce an overall English level. Instead, reading and writing results will be reported separately. The attainment combined measure previously announced will be used in floor standards for 2013 i.e. the percentage achieving level 4+ in reading, writing and maths.
A combined KS1-KS2 VA measured will be produced alongside separate expected progress and VA measures for each of reading, writing and maths.
The KS2 average points score (APS) will be calculated as follows:
((reading + writing)/2+maths)/2
GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION AND SPELLING (GPS) TESTS
The distribution of levels achieved in these new tests will be shown in the same way as for reading, writing and maths. In this first year of their operation, results of GPS tests will not be included in the calculation of other measures, such as, value added and the APS.
LEVEL 6 TESTS
In 2013, the DfE will additionally publish school-level information on the proportion of pupils achieving level 6 in each of reading, writing, GPS and maths.
ACHIEVEMENT OF A “GOOD” LEVEL 4
The 2013 tables will show the proportion of pupils achieving a level 4B or above in each of reading and maths and a combined measure showing the proportion achieving level 4B+ in reading and maths along with a level 4+ in writing. This new measure reflects DfE view that children at this level are “Secondary Ready” and are the most likely to gain C+ in English and maths at GCSE.
The DfE will now publish three performance categories which will report results for A levels; A level and other advanced academic qualifications; and advanced vocational qualifications.
These tables will also include value added (VA) results for A levels; A level and other advanced academic qualifications; and advanced vocational qualifications.
The Statement of Intent Document can be found at: