School Choice - Ten Key Issues:

9 - Performance and Value-adding

How is the school's performance monitored and evaluated? How is this communicated to the school community?

Are families able to readily access up-to-date records of student performance? Is clear and informative feedback routinely provided to students? Are teachers and other staff provided with adequate time and support to enable this to happen?

Is the school adding educational value to student achievement beyond that which may be predicted given the social class backgrounds and prior attainments of students?

What is the evidence for this? Or is the school largely dependent on seeking to attract the most 'desirable' students as the main strategy to boost its results?

(School performance data systems include student outcome data, opinion data and demographic data that take into account the impact of student background. Such assessments can obviously help to reveal the real added value).