With the first universal set of Progress 8 scores now published, it is a good time to review what we have learned about this new performance measure so far, and what lessons there are for both schools and the government.
To recap, it became pretty clear in 2012 that the accountability system needed reform. The cause of the problem was the five A* to C including English and maths performance measure, which was trying to do too many things at the same time – a measure of pupil-level success, the school accountability headline measure, and the standard passport into further education or employment.
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