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COSLA WELCOME FOR SCHOOL COMMITTEE

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The establishment of a steering committee to develop value added ...
The establishment of a steering committee to develop value added

measures of school effectiveness has been welcomed by COSLA.

The joint Scottish Office and COSLA steering committee, which was

announced today by Scottish education minister Brian Wilson will build on earlier work by COSLA and the Scottish Office to

provide information for headteachers and education departments seeking

to improve standards in schools.

The work will complement initiatives on early intervention and the

review of the curriculum in the first and second years of secondary

school, as well as informing the minister's action group on school

standards.

COSLA's education spokewoman Elizabeth Maginnis said today that

COSLA was committed to working in partnership with the government in

raising standards in schools.

'The development of value added measures will be a significant

improvement on previous comparisons based on raw examination results

and will provide improved information about how well any school is

performing against what might be expected.

'This is a positive initiative, geared towards helping to improve

performance in all schools,' cllr Maginnis added.

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