Trends in examination performance and exposure to standardised tests in England and Wales

Harvey Goldstein*, George Leckie

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Schools in England and Wales since the late 1980s have been compared in terms of their performances in public examinations and standardised test scores in the form of 'school league tables', with Wales ceasing to produce these after 2001. One of the factors related to performance in examinations is the choice of the examination board, with five main boards currently active in England and Wales. In this paper, we study differences in student uptake and performance among boards and how this has changed over time. By contrasting the experiences of England and Wales the results of our analyses provide a commentary on recent attempts to understand the effects of league tables on school performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-375
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Volume42
Issue number3
Early online date9 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Structured keywords

  • SoE Centre for Multilevel Modelling

Keywords

  • Accountability
  • Examination performance
  • National comparisons
  • School league tables
  • Value added

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