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Independent Body 'Should Assess Educational Progress'

Magazine article Public Finance

Independent Body 'Should Assess Educational Progress'

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An independent body should be given responsibility for determining whether pupil performance is really getting better, leading educationalists said this week.

A report commissioned by the education charity the Sutton Trust reviewed the UK's record in education under Tony Blair's tenyear premiership. It stated that, although GCSE and national test results had improved over the past decade, it was difficult to capture an honest picture of progress because the government was too involved in the collection and interpretation of exam and test statistics.

Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham, who carried out the research, said: 'The Blair government, more than any previous government, took explicit responsibility for the "delivery" of better performance in education and other public services. …

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