Some initial extracts from today's DfE data release
. The DfE press release made great claims about the contribution of academies. Do these stand up to scrutiny?
Sponsored academies twice as likely to use GCSE equivalents
Sponsored academies: 14.8% pts from equivalents, on average
Maintained schools: 7.3% pts from equivalents, on average
This means any claims of greater increase from academies needs to be treated with caution. And it poses big questions for 2014, when most of these equivalents will no longer be counted towards the GCSE %. Will we see big falls in GCSE results, especially among sponsored academies?
Ebacc still low in Sponsored academies
The DfE press release boasts that the proportion of students taking the ebacc in sponsored academies had doubled, from 11% to 22%. However it doesn't mention that the proportion achieving the ebacc in those schools has increased far less, from 8% to 11%.
As last year, for pupils in sponsored academies, they are far less likely to take the traditional GCSEs so favoured by Mr Gove and far more likely to take the GCSE equivalents that he dismisses.
Half the schools below the floor target are academies
The DfE states that 154 schools this year fell below the floor target of 40% on the GCSE benchmark. The DfE press release says: Schools below the floor and with a history of under-performance face being taken over by a sponsor with a track record of improving weak schools.
However 79 of these schools (over half) appear to be academies. Maybe they should be taken over by local authorities?
.......... More analysis to follow later.