Curse of value-added 'superstition'

14th March 2008 at 00:00
While I applaud the success of the schools that achieve high value-added scores from key stage 2 to 3 tests, it is important to note that two of the five highest performers in this respect take children in the age range 10-14. Surely a comparison with situations whereby the tests are taken in two different schools, and in which KS3 tests are not the finishing point for the school, is almost entirely meaningless.

Dr Geoff Tennant, Senior lecturer, University of Reading.

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