Kent 11-plus, part 2: Some children will be being passed or failed incorrectly – but we have no idea how many

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. All tests are unreliable to some extent, so a person’s score is partly a matter of chance. This means that for some, the decision to offer a grammar [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Admissions|

Kent 11-plus, part 1: The rules you set determine who passes

This post was updated at 20.00 on 5 May 2017 to clarify our view of how favourable a move to one of the three alternative sets of qualifying rules described in this post would be. This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Admissions|

Kent 11-plus, part ii: How does the 11-plus work in Kent?

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. So, pupils sit a test and those with the highest scores get to go to grammar school. Right? Wrong. The process of securing a place at a Kent [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Admissions|

The 11-plus is a loaded dice – research report

The way the 11-plus works in Kent is akin to rolling a loaded dice, we conclude in a new research report [PDF]. We reach this conclusion because of the arbitrariness of who passes the test – coupled with the fact that several parts of the process act together to make disadvantaged children less likely to get in. Among [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Reports|

Shadowplay

Towards the end of last month, the Department for Education published ‘shadow’ Attainment 8 data for 2015/16 [PDF]. This shows the impact of moving from the familiar scoring of A*-G grades – one point for grade G, up to eight points for grade A* – to the interim scale that will be used in 2016/17 [...]

By | April 27th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

Datalab turns two

Education Datalab turned two this spring and to mark the event we gathered together with the great and the good of teaching, education research and policy-making for a celebratory party. Our event, kindly hosted by Impetus-Private Equity Foundation, was themed “We can reform…education…without the policy makers” and our four invited panel members made a pitch, [...]

By | April 25th, 2017|News|

What PISA tells us about pupils from ordinary working families

Last week, we heard a lot from the government about their interest in children from ‘ordinary working families’. (For our initial take on the topic, see here and here.) In its new consultation document, the Department for Education has provided information on the GCSE grades and progress of these children – defined as those not [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|Admissions, Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics|

Are 19-year-olds really becoming less qualified?

Aficionados of DfE Statistical First Releases (SFRs) were shocked to their very core a couple of weeks ago with the revelation that the percentage of 19-year-olds qualified to Level 2 had fallen for the first time since records began. In the real world this equates to young people achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C [...]

By | April 14th, 2017|Exams and assessment, Post-16 provision, School accountability|