No one wins in this race of perverse incentives

The Progress 8 measure has been criticised for encouraging schools to game the system. But the real problem is the blinkered English Baccalaureate, argues J L Dutaut, who calls for the system to be overhauled before history repeats

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On 14 October 2013, the Department for Education announced that it was creating Progress 8 because the previous accountability measure was driving perverse incentives.

On 17 October 2018, the department announced that it would be reviewing Progress 8 – on the grounds that it was driving perverse incentives.

I don’t need a time machine to tell you that circa 20 October 2023, the DfE will be announcing a new school-measurement review, because whatever it comes up with in the coming months will by then be driving perverse incentives, too.

The situation has all the depressing hallmarks of Ofsted ...

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