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Monday, 7th January, 2008

Programme Deputy Director Deborah Wilson’s work on school league tables has been highlighted in The Guardian (Monday 7th January), in The Times (10th January) and the New Statesman (17th January).

Deborah has been investigating the inclusion in the 2006 league tables of the contextual value added (CVA), which aimed to make league tables fairer by taking account of the characteristics of a school’s pupil intake; for example, the percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals.  It was hoped that this would help demonstrate the impact that each school has on its pupils development and thus inform parental choice; however, Deborah found that league tables based on CVA are largely meaningless.

To find out more about this research, take a look at this CMPO discussion paper co-authored by Deborah Wilson and Anete Piebalga.