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Secondary Education: Standards

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the most recent value added score of each maintained secondary school in England is. (290854)

The Department’s standard measure for progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 is Contextual Value Added.

The CVA measure is a statistical means of assessing the relative effectiveness of a school and of measuring pupil progress. It shows how a school’s results compare with the results achieved by similar pupils in other schools.

A school level CVA measure must always be interpreted alongside the confidence intervals (CI). Schools where the lower CI is above 1,000 represent schools where pupils on average made significantly more progress than pupils nationally, while schools where the upper CI is below 1,000 represent schools where pupils made significantly less progress.

Further information on CVA can be found at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/performancetables/schools 08/s3.shtml

Figures for individual schools in 2008 are available on the departmental website:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/performancetables/schools 08.shtml

Figures for all schools in 2008 are available in a publication file that has been added to the House Libraries. Note that this file contains independent schools as well as maintained schools.