Following up on my comments about My School on 5 March, Limitations of My School, there is great post by Sam Wylie on Core Economics today, School performance data. While he doesn’t address my issue of concern (the accuracy of the social profiling methodology used for comparison purposes), he makes a number of other good points. In particular, I thought his closing, where he addresses the issue of league tables, was well put:
“In the matter of school testing there is always the presentation of an argument that parents and the press will not interpret the data correctly. The people can’t be trusted. How often does that idea come up in different spheres? We shouldn’t devolve power or information to individual households because they cannot be trusted not to abuse it. Those types of arguments are always based on the protection of private interest (teaching unions) or elitism”.