Taken together, these factors have distorted what was previously a relatively constructive competition to improve the quality of exams through innovation and extended choice among boards. Since, as even the Government now admits, information from league tables is flawed and misleading, forcing schools to compete on this basis will lead inevitably to a distortion of the education process.
Rather than concentrate attention on the the difficult, and probably irresolvable, issue of whether or not standards have changed, we believe that the time is right for a full and independent inquiry into the many effects of league tables, which are now beginning to emerge.
Professor HARVEY GOLDSTEIN
Professor CELIA HOYLES
Professor RICHARD NOSS
Mathematical Sciences Department
Institute of Education
University of London
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