official statistic in education.

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  • Practical issues: educational statistics allow sociologists to make comparisons between the achievements of social groups based on ETHNICITY,gender and social class. also because educational statistics are collected at regular intervals.
    • Using official statistics in education.
      • reliability- official statistics are generally very reliable because the government imposes standard definitions and categories for their collection which all schools must use.
        • for example, in 2006 the labour government introduced a new measure of school performance called contextual added value.
      • Validity: schools may manipulate their attendance figures by re-defining poorer attenders as being on study leave or additional work experience. they may be temped to do so due to the marketisation of education, which puts pressure on them. this therefore undermines the validity.
    • the government gather statistics to monitor the effectiveness of their educational policies, such as curriculum.


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