23 November 2011
The University of Bristol, United Kingdom, and the China National Institute for Educational Research, funded by UKAID, piloted the use of new approaches to school evaluation in more than 120 senior secondary schools across eastern and western China.
The findings show that significant differences exist both between and within Chinese schools in terms of "value added" measures. Crucially, these measures present a different picture of education quality in comparison to the raw exam scores. Teachers, students and other stakeholders were interviewed and reported that "value added" measures would indeed provide a more rigorous and welcome addition to the current school evaluation systems, but they need to be adapted to local priorities and contexts.Read the full China Daily article by Professor Sally Thomas