‘Performance information’ in the Scottish Government national improvement plan for education
At the end of June 2016 the Scottish Government published a major national delivery plan for improving Scottish education over the next few years. Drafted in response to a recent independent review of Scottish education carried out by the OECD, the delivery plan is part of a National Improvement Framework with ambitious plans to raise attainment and achieve equity.
It is the relentless focus of the delivery plan on the use of performance measurement, metrics and evidence gathering to drive forwards these improvements that is especially arresting. In a striking line from the introduction it is stated that:
As the OECD review highlighted, current … arrangements do not provide sufficiently robust information across the system to support policy and improvement. We must move from a culture of judgement to a system of judgement.
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