Discussion Paper 30

Quality and Outcomes in English Schools: the relationship between school inspection and pupil attainment

Anitha George, Lucy Stokes and David Wilkinson

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), London

 

Abstract

This work seeks to develop a new education quality index for England by exploiting data on school inspections collected by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills) linked to data on pupil attainment. For National Accounts purposes, education output is quality adjusted using an index of pupil attainment at age 16. One obvious problem with this is that if quality of primary education improves then it could take up to ten years for this to appear in the quality adjustment.


This paper seeks to develop a more immediate quality indicator. It uses econometric models to assess the relationship between school quality in England and pupil attainment as measured by national assessments at age 7 (Key Stage 1, KS1), 11 (KS2) and 16 (KS4). The estimated coefficients from these models are then used to produce a quality index based on school inspections for each Key Stage of the English education system.


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Quality and Outcomes in English Schools: the relationship between school inspection and pupil attainment

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