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Schools Assessment Criteria

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used to assess the gap between the best and worst performing (a) secondary and (b) primary schools; whether this gap is widening or narrowing; and at what rate. [106506]

The Department uses a range of Key Stage and GCSE/GNVQ performance measures to report publicly on the attainment of pupils in their schools. Achievement information for individual schools is published in Performance Tables, and the Department's autumn package of pupil performance contains several school level attainment distributions for groups of schools categorised by different proportions of pupils 'known to be eligible for free school meals', and by different levels of aggregate pupil prior attainment.The following tables show two changes in the national distributions of school performances:

(a) Percentage of pupils achieving 5 + A* -C at GCSE/ GNVQ.

Year

Percentile

1997

2002

Percentage point Change

95th89934
Upper quartile55627
60th46537
Median41487
40th36437
Lower quartile27347
5th14184

(b) Percentage of pupils achieving Level 4 + at Key Stage 2 English.

Source:

DfES Autumn Package

Year

Percentile

1997

2002

Percentage Point Change

95th93974
Upper quartile78879
60th718211
Median677811
40th617312
Lower quartile526614
5th324614

Source:

DfES Autumn Package

These show that since 1997 the range of performance at Key Stage 2 has decreased with the performance of schools in the lowest quartile increasing faster than the national average. Improvement in school performance for the GCSE/GNVQ measure has been broadly the same across the attainment distribution.