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Progress 8

Introduced by the DfE for schools in England in 2016, Progress 8 measures a student's progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 across eight key subjects.

It shows whether students have performed to expectation, based on a value-added measure using Key Stage 2 English and Maths as a baseline. It's checked by getting a sample of Year 11 students to sit English and Maths reference tests in March before their June GCSEs.

Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a pupil across 8 qualifications including mathematics (double weighted) and English (double weighted), 3 further qualifications that count in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) measure and 3 further qualifications that can be GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or any other non-GCSE qualifications on the DfE approved list. Each individual grade a pupil achieves is assigned a point score, which is then used to calculate a pupil’s Attainment 8 score.

Is progress 8 a reliable measure?

Some argue that Progress 8 is statistically flawed as some external values can be added to skew the apparent school progress and make it look better than it is. However, progress 8 is a way to encourage secondary schools to get students improving.

progress8.txt · Last modified: 17/07/2019 05:58 by digicoled