Although academic results of each student at every college significantly depend on their individual traits and are influenced by their private lives as well, measuring the average success of students at a given college gives us the preview of the educational quality provided in a given college. The more detailed and thorough analyzes are the better insight of educational quality we get. However, the scales have to be objective and comparable among different colleges and equally applicable to all students.
Progress 8 was designed as a new way of measuring educational performance and it should meet various criteria regarding several major aspects of educational quality. The outcome is presented in the form of GCSE score and compared to average GCSE score of other students. This measuring method works quite well for regular secondary schools where students join the program attheir 7 year and finish when they are year 11. The results shown at the Progress 8 testing represent the effect of the five years of secondary education onto the overall academic score of tested students. However, when it comes to UTC colleges, Progress 8 isn’t quite applicable.
Namely, students sing in UTC colleges at the year 10, which means that Progress 8 will show the accumulated results of their education gained at UTC, but also three years of their education prior to signing in UTC. The measurement has been tested so far and it gave inconclusive results. When tested at the Year 10, students showed lower success compared to their colleagues from other colleges and their general rate rated below the average at the national level. This was explained by failures in their education prior to UTC. When measured at the Year 11, these students showed significantly higher results and overall score rated above average national score.
This clearly shows the quality of UTC education and its strong impact onto academic level of its students during the years of studying at these colleges. It also signifies the necessity for upcoming with better way of measuring results of these students in order to compare their success with students from other colleges.