9 July 2012
Dr George Leckie has been awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant. The three-year project is titled "Multilevel Modelling of the Government's New School Performance Measures, 'Floor Standards' Target and 'Narrowing the Gap' Priority".
Each year, the Government publishes school performance tables that report the achievement and progress of pupils in English secondary schools. The Government's aim is to hold schools accountable and to enable parents to make meaningful choices about where to send their children to school. The latest 2011 school performance tables introduce new school performance measures, 'floor standards' which all schools should pass, and a 'narrowing the gap' priority that all schools narrow the performance gaps between their most disadvantaged pupils and their peers. This project will critically review these high-stakes changes and will develop and apply innovative multilevel modelling statistical techniques to explore potential improvements to the way the Government measures, reports and communicates school performances.
George will visit and collaborate with Professor David Spiegelhalter and the Understanding Uncertainty team at the Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge and will undertake a Knowledge Exchange Placement at the Data Analysis Project at the Fischer Family Trust. Professor Fiona Steele will provide mentoring support and additional guidance will be provided by Professors Harvey Goldstein and Bill Browne.