Exam results will no longer be used to define 'failing' schools

The Guardian | January 28, 2019

Schools in England will no longer be punished for failing to meet the government’s standards in national exams or tests, Damian Hinds will announce as part of a new strategy to attract and retain teachers in the profession.The proposals to be unveiled by the education secretary means schools will not be defined as failing or “coasting” based on results of national tests or GCSE exams, removing a burden of assessment that has been criticised for unfairly hitting schools with challenging pupil intakes.Instead, only Ofsted inspection results are to be used in future as a trigger for intervention in schools such as a change in management – a decision welcomed by school leaders as removing the assessment double jeopardy that many faced.“Floor and coasting standards added unnecessary stress and uncertainty without ever helping the process of school improvement. School leaders will be pleased to see the back of them,” said Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, which has long campaigned against them.

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Measuring personal well-being in the UK has been debated for well over a decade. The initial focus came from economists who questioned whether there are better ways than assessing Gross Domestic Product to track progress in society. This led to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) developing and implementing the current UK measure of well-being, initially used in the 2011 Annual Population Survey. The results provided the first well-being statistics on the general population in the UK.

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Measuring personal well-being in the UK has been debated for well over a decade. The initial focus came from economists who questioned whether there are better ways than assessing Gross Domestic Product to track progress in society. This led to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) developing and implementing the current UK measure of well-being, initially used in the 2011 Annual Population Survey. The results provided the first well-being statistics on the general population in the UK.

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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) | September 30, 2022

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