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‘Experimental’ data risks unfair verdict on schools

Councils protest against decision to publish pupil progress data that is open to misinterpretation

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“Experimental” pupil performance data, due to be published by the Scottish government, will be neither robust nor reliable – and could be used to judge schools unfairly, councils have warned.

The information about pupil progress in primary and S3 could lead to schools and local authorities being wrongly branded as performing poorly because parents, the general public and the media will take the figures seriously, local authorities claim.

John Stodter, general secretary of education directors’ body ADES, said that the figures on the literacy and numeracy of pupils in P1, P4, P7 and S3 were ...

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