The BBC reports that “Schools in England are being judged on the basis of raw GCSE results for the last time, heralding the end of school league tables in their present form.”
‘Head teachers are welcoming changes that means from next year, schools will be measured on a broader range of results across eight subjects.
The government says schools have risen to its moves to toughen standards.
The number of schools falling below the current floor standard has remained stable at 312.’
From next year, schools in England will be measured on what is known as Progress 8. Progress 8 will replace the five or more good GCSEs, including maths and English, benchmark as the key measure for all secondary schools.
Progress 8 assesses the progress pupils make between Key Stage 2 tests taken at the end of primary school and their performance in a specified mixture of eight subjects at the end of secondary school. Schools will be given a score based on how their pupils have progressed compared to the national average.
This year, schools were given the option to "opt in" for Progress 8 and 327 schools (around 10%) took this up.’ (BBC News online)