State of Education Report 2017 state-of-education-booklet-Final-WEB - Page 16

A time of sweeping change Reflecting on the changes to accountability measures In terms of core education provision, the last two years have brought The majority of school leaders (66%) do not think that the new significant changes for school leaders to manage in both primary and accountability measures are a fair and accurate way to measure school secondary settings. performance, although perspectives vary by phase. Primary schools have grappled with a new National Curriculum and the “The current accountability measures are a fair and accurate way to measure school performance.” introduction of new statutory assessments for grammar, punctuation and spelling alongside reading and mathematics. Reforms to GCSEs mean that secondary schools are working with revised subject content, a reduction in non-exam assessments and a new grading scale. scaled scores and floor standards at primary level and the progress Primary Strongly agree Secondary approach to dealing with underperformance. The introduction of 4% % 38 % greater emphasis on value-added measures, and a more interventionist 0% established attainment standards have fallen away to be replaced by a 11% Across the board, reforms to accountability measures mean that long- 2% 1% 5% 18 Tend to agree Neither agree nor disagree Tend to disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know 8, attainment 8 and English Baccalaureate (EBacc) performance measures for secondary schools – combined with the ‘coasting’ measure – has meant yet more change to manage, and more pressure as our survey findings suggest, “There is no let up in the measures used to judge schools” Secondary school leader for our schools. STATE OF EDUCATION 2017 | WWW.STATEOFED.THEKEYSUPPORT.COM Frustrations are more marked among primary school leaders, with seven in 10 (70%) disagreeing that the measures are fair and accurate. This discontent is unsurprising following the controversy around Key Stage (KS) 2 writing assessment and moderation in summer 2016 18 and the potential implications of ‘coasting’ school status if too few pupils do not meet the expected standard. In 2016, 477 schools 19 met the definition of coasting at KS2. PAGE 16