School league tables: what can they really tell us?

Authors
Goldstein, H. and Leckie, G.
Year
2008
Journal
Significance, 32:3, 252-286.
Abstract

School league tables are eagerly scanned by parents hoping to find the best school for their child, and by teachers hoping to see their school rise in the rankings. But do they tell parents what they need to know? Harvey Goldstein and George Leckie argue that league tables are not fit for that purpose, and say it is time that their publication should cease.

Number of levels
2
Model data structure
Response types
Multivariate response model?
No
Longitudinal data?
Yes
Impact

Key paper showing uncertainty surrounding school performance data used for school choice. Impact high since it appeared in a popular statistical magazine circulating widely.

Paper submitted by
Harvey Goldstein, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, h.goldstein@bristol.ac.uk
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