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Benchmarking Measures

Improving Attainment in Literacy and Numeracy

A local (all candidates) and national (leavers) benchmarking measure that is based upon the outcomes and assessment standards for Scottish Qualification Authority's (SQA) literacy and numeracy units. A 'best fit' approach extends the SQA definition to include a range of other qualifications and learning programs that are used as a proxy for literacy and numeracy at SCQF levels 3 to 6.
For support with interpretation visit: Literacy and Numeracy Briefing Paper
For technical support visit: Technical Guide

Measure Page    Benchmarking ▶ National or Local Benchmarking Measure: Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy and Numeracy

  • The percentage of school leavers/candidates attaining both Literacy and Numeracy at SCQF level 4 or better
  • The percentage of school leavers/candidates attaining both Literacy and Numeracy at SCQF level 5 or better

  • Compare the school bar to Virtual Comparator only
  • Level 4 and 5 are presented in the same diagram

Measure Breakdown Page    Benchmarking ▶ National or Local Benchmarking Measure: Literacy and Numeracy ▶ by SCQF level

Literacy and Numeracy by SCQF level

  • View the percentage of school leavers/candidates attaining both Literacy and Numeracy separately by SCQF level

  • Compare the school bar to Virtual Comparator, Local Authority, Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) or National
  • Literacy ad Numeracy are presented in the same diagram
  • Level 4 and 5 are presented in two separate diagrams
  • Select different SCQF Levels to view ('3 and 4', '4 and 5' or '5 and 6') under Options

Measure Breakdown Page    Benchmarking ▶ National or Local Benchmarking Measure: Literacy and Numeracy ▶ by Measure

Literacy and Numeracy by Measure

  • View the percentage of school leavers/candidates attaining Literacy or Numeracy at a given SCQF level

  • Compare the school bar to Virtual Comparator only
  • Literacy ad Numeracy are presented in separate diagrams
  • Level 4 and 5 are presented in the same diagram
  • Select different SCQF Levels to view ('3 and 4', '4 and 5' or '5 and 6') under Options



Increasing post-school participation

A local (all candidates) and national (leavers) benchmarking measure that shows the percentage of school leavers that enter a positive initial destination approximately 3 months after leaving school.
For support with interpretation visit: Deep Dive: Destinations
For technical support visit: Technical Guide

Measure Page    Benchmarking ▶ National Benchmarking Measure: Leaver Inital Destinations    or   Local Benchmarking Measure: Candidate Initial Destinations

Leaver Initial Destinations

  • View the percentage of school leavers in a positive destination approximately 3 months after leaving school
  • A positive destination includes 'Higher Education', 'Further Education', 'Training', 'Voluntary Work', 'Employment', 'Activity Agreements' and 'Personal Skills Development'
  • In the Local Benchmarking Measure candidates that are recorded as 'staying on at school' are included alongside those in positive destinations

  • Compare the school bar to Virtual Comparator, Local Authority, Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) and National

Measure Breakdown Page    Benchmarking ▶ National Benchmarking Measure: Leaver Inital Destinations ▶ by destination breakdown

Leaver Initial Destinations breakdown

  • View the information broken down by destination for the selected year
  • Destinations are split into nine different categories (including both positive and non-positive destinations)

  • Compare the school bar to Virtual Comparator, Local Authority, Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) and National
  • Select a different academic year under Options

Measure Breakdown Page    Benchmarking ▶ National Benchmarking Measure: Candidate Inital Destinations ▶ by destination breakdown

Candidate Initial Destinations breakdown

  • View the information broken down by destination for the selected year
  • Destinations are split into eleven different categories (including both positive and non-positive destinations, 'inactive candidates' and those that 'stayed on at school')

  • Compare the school bar to Virtual Comparator, Local Authority, Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) and National
  • Select a different academic year under Options



Improving Attainment for All

A local (all candidates) and national (leavers) benchmarking measure that displays the average total tariff or complementary tariff score for the lowest 20%, middle 60% and highest 20% of attainers within the cohort. A Grade neutral version of tariff was introduced in September 2018. This displays graded and ungraded courses on an equal basis i.e. with no extra tariff points for grades. This can be viewed by selecting the on-screen 'Show Grade Neutral' button. Grade neutral data is available alongside the selected tariff data by clicking 'Show/Hide Tabular Data'.
For support with interpretation visit: Deep Dive: Guide to Insight Tariff
For technical support visit: Technical Guide and Tariff Note

Measure Page    Benchmarking ▶ National or Local Benchmarking Measure: Improving Attainment for All

Improving Attainment for All

  • The average tariff score of school leavers/ candidates based on the lowest 20%, middle 60% and highest 20% of attainers for the academic year selected
  • Data can be displayed as the average total tariff score (default) or the average complementary tariff score (change in Options)
  • In the local measure tariff data can be calculated on an annual or a cumulative basis (change in Options)

  • Compare the school bar to Virtual Comparator, Local authority, Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) or National
  • View the grade neutral version using the on-screen 'Show Grade Neutral' button

Measure Page    Benchmarking ▶ National or Local Benchmarking Measure: Improving Attainment for All        Grade Neutral

Improving Attainment for All Grade Neutral

  • The grade neutral data is displayed as white bars overlaying the coloured bars of the selected tariff

  • Compare height of the school's grade neutral bar to Virtual Comparator, Local authority, Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) and National
  • Compare the size of the school's grade component to Virtual Comparator, Local authority, RIC or National

Grade Neutral Components

NOTE
the Grade Neutral Component treats graded and ungraded courses equally as it does not include extra tariff points for grades
the Grade component is the difference between the selected tariff and the grade neutral component and can be used as an estimate for the number of tariff points achieved as a result of grades

Measure Breakdown Page    Benchmarking ▶ National or Local Benchmarking Measure: Improving Attainment for All ▶ by Lowest 20%   or   by Middle 60%   or   by Highest 20%

Improving Attainment for All breakdown

  • The average tariff score of school leavers/ candidates based on the lowest 20%, middle 60% or highest 20% of attainers (depending on page breakdown selected)
  • Data can be displayed as the average total tariff score (default) or the average complementary tariff score (change in Options)
  • Data is summarised by year (either 3 or 5 years can be shown)

  • Compare the school bar to Virtual Comparator, Local authority, Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) or National
  • View the grade neutral version using the on-screen 'Show Grade Neutral' button

Measure Breakdown Page    Benchmarking ▶ National or Local Benchmarking Measure: Improving Attainment for All ▶ by Lowest 20%   or   by Middle 60%   or   by Highest 20%        Grade Neutral

Improving Attainment for All Grade Neutral

  • The grade neutral data is displayed as white bars overlaying the coloured bars of the selected tariff

  • Compare height of the school's grade neutral bar to Virtual Comparator, Local authority, Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) and National
  • Compare the size of the school's grade component to Virtual Comparator, Local authority, RIC or National



Attainment in the context of Deprivation

A local (all candidates) and national (leavers) benchmarking measure that displays the average total tariff or complementary tariff score by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) decile. A new grade neutral version of tariff is being piloted from September 2018 which displays graded and ungraded courses on an equal basis i.e. with no extra tariff points for grades. By changing the Option 'Grade Neutral?' to 'Yes' the chart is recalculated with grade neutral data (unlike the Improving Attainment for All measure where versions are overlayed).

For support with interpretation visit: Deep Dive: Deprivation
For technical support visit: Technical Guide and Tariff Note

Measure Page    Benchmarking ▶ National or Local Benchmarking Measure: Attainment versus Deprivation         National (default)

Attainment versus Deprivation National

  • The average tariff score of school leavers/ candidates by SIMD Decile for the academic year selected
  • Data can be displayed as the average total tariff score (default) or the average complementary tariff score (change in Options)
  • In the local measure tariff data can be calculated on an annual or a cumulative basis (change in Options)
  • The area of each decile bubble indicates the proportion of the cohort in each SIMD decile
  • The vertical error bars show the range of tariff scores for pupils in that decile; the end of the bars indicate the minimum and maximum tariff score
  • The trend line shows the overall trend across each cohort's decile bubbles

  • Compare National cohort (decile bubbles and trend line) by default
  • Select Virtual Comparator for comparison (change in Options)
  • View the grade neutral version (change in Options under 'Grade Neutral?' ▶ 'Yes')

Measure Page    Benchmarking ▶ National or Local Benchmarking Measure: Attainment versus Deprivation         Virtual Comparator

Attainment versus Deprivation VC

  • The average tariff score of school leavers/ candidates by SIMD Decile for the academic year selected
  • Data can be displayed as the average total tariff score (default) or the average complementary tariff score (change in Options)
  • The area of each decile bubble indicates the proportion of the cohort in each SIMD decile
  • The vertical error bars show the range of tariff scores for pupils in that decile; the end of the bars indicate the minimum and maximum tariff score
  • The trend line shows the overall trend across each cohort's decile bubbles

  • Compare to Virtual Comparator cohort (decile bubbles and trend line)
  • View the grade neutral version (change in Options under 'Grade Neutral?' ▶ 'Yes')



Breadth and Depth

A local (all candidates) and national (leavers) benchmarking measure that displays the number of awards attained at each SCQF level.

For support with interpretation visit: Breadth and Depth in the context of Deprivation
For technical support visit: Technical Guide: Other Local Measures and Glossary: Attainment Definitions

Measure Page    Course ▶ Breadth and Depth: Leavers or Breadth and Depth: All Candidates

Breadth and Depth: Numbers

  • The number of leavers/ candidates achieving 1 or more, 2 or more etc. awards (A to D for graded awards) at each SCQF level
  • Under Options the user can select 'All SCQF' awards (default, all awards providers) or 'SQA National' awards (graded and ungraded SQA National awards)

  • Cohort data (top table) can be compared to the virtual comparator which is displayed in the table below by hovering the mouse over any value
  • Choose to display values as numbers or as a percentage of the cohort (change in Options)
  • Select a different academic year under Options



Course level Measures

Attainment in Selected Graded Course

A Local Course Measure that shows attainment in the graded course selected, broken down by grade (A, B, C, D and no award).

For support with interpretation visit: Deep Dive: Recognising Achievement
For technical support visit: Technical Guide: Other Local Measures

Measure Page    Course ▶ Local Course Measure: Attainment in Selected Graded Course - Percentage of Resulted Entries or Percentage of Base Centre Cohort

Selected

  • Resulted attainment in the selected course broken down by grade (A,B,C,D and No Award) for each year
  • The graded course of interest can be selected (change in Options using 'Data Provider', 'Product Type', 'Qualification Level' and 'Course')
  • Data can be displayed as the percentage of resulted entries (default) or as a percentage of the base centre cohort (link below tabular data)
  • Information for individual grades (A, B, C, D, no award) or for aggregations of grades (A, A-B, A-C, A-D, no award) are displayed separately in 2 different tables
  • This measure does not include attainment presented by partner centres/colleges

  • Compare the percentage of resulted entries for each grade between the school, Local Authority and National.
  • Compare the percentage of resulted entries as a percentage of the base centre cohort (school, Local Authority, National, plus any combinatoin of filters)
  • Look at trends over time



Attainment in Selected Ungraded Graded Course

A Local Course Measure that shows the number of passes in an ungraded course of interest

For support with interpretation visit: Deep Dive: Recognising Achievement
For technical support visit: Technical Guide: Other Local Measures

Measure Page    Course ▶ Local Course Measure: Attainment in Selected Ungraded Course

Selected

  • The number of resulted passes in the selected course
  • The ungraded course of interest can be selected (change in Options using 'Data Provider', 'Product Type', 'Qualification Level' and 'Course')
  • This measure does not include attainment presented by partner centres/colleges

  • Compare the number of passes between the school, Local Authority and National
  • Compare the number of passes to the number in the base cohort
  • Look at trends over time



Course Comparator - Selected Graded Course

A Local Course Measure that shows how a cohort taking a selected course has performed relative to a predicted performance.

For support with interpretation visit: Deep Dive: Course Comparator
For technical support visit: Technical Guide: Other Local Measures

Measure Page    Course ▶ Local Course Measure: Course Comparator - Selected Graded Course

Course

  • The graded course of interest can be selected (change in Options using 'Data Provider', 'Product Type', 'Qualification Level' and 'Course')
  • The Course Comparator values indicates on average how the cohort has performed relative to the predicted performance (+1 means the cohort exceeded the prediction by half a grade, 0 means the cohort met the prediction, -1 means the cohort did not meet the prediction by half a grade)
  • The Course Comparator is tested to see if the difference is statistically significant at the 95% confidence level (default). Other confidence levels can be selected (change in Options)
  • The 95% confidence level means that if the measure was repeated 100 times the Course Comparator Value would be between the 95% upper and lower confidence limits 95 out of 100 times. If the difference is significant then you can be confident that there is a real difference.
  • This measure does not include attainment presented by partner centres/colleges

  • Compare the Course Comparator Value between the school, Local Authority and National
  • Look at trends over time



Course Comparator - All Graded Courses

A Local Course Measure that shows how cohorts taking a range of courses perform relative to a predicted performance.

For support with interpretation visit: Deep Dive: Course Comparator
For technical support visit: Technical Guide: Other Local Measures

Measure Page    Course ▶ Local Course Measure: Course Comparator - All Graded Courses

Course

  • The graded courses of interest can be selected (change in Options using 'Data Provider', 'Product Type', 'Qualification Level')
  • The Course Comparator values indicates on average how the cohort has performed relative to the predicted performance in the year selected (+1 means the cohort exceeded the prediction by half a grade, 0 means the cohort met the prediction, -1 means the cohort did not meet the prediction by half a grade)
  • The size of the displayed circle is proportional to the number of learners included in the calculation for that course and level.
  • Orange circles indicates that the difference is statistically significant. By default the Course Comparator is tested at the 95% confidence level. Other confidence levels can be selected (change in Options)
  • The 95% confidence level means that if the measure was repeated 100 times the Course Comparator Value would be between the 95% upper and lower confidence limits 95 out of 100 times. If the difference is significant then you can be confident that there is a real difference.
  • This measure does not include attainment presented by partner centres/colleges

  • Compare the Course Comparator Value between courses
  • Compare between sexes and stages



Curricular Areas: All Curricular Areas

A Local Course Measure that shows attainment across the eight curricular areas of Curriculum for Excellence and breaks down languages into 'English and Gàidhlig' and 'Other Languages'. In addition, the tool includes a tenth curricular area of 'Wider Achievement', aiming to reflect the ethos of Curriculum for Excellence that achievement should also capture other areas within the life of the school and outside the school.

For support with interpretation visit: education.gov.scot/parentzone/learning-in-scotland/curriculum-areas
For technical support visit: Technical Guide: Other Local Measures

Measure Page    Course ▶ Local Course Measure: Curricular Areas- All Curricular Areas

Curricular

  • Attained entries in each curricular area as a percentage of all awards for the given cohort in that year (default data to display)
  • The percentage of individual students in the cohort who have an award in each curricular area (change in Options 'Data to Display' ▶ Percentage of Base Centre Cohort)
  • Average Total Tariff Score attained by pupils in each curricular area (change in Options 'Data to Display' ▶ Average Tariff Score)
  • Filter by SCQF level attained (change in Options 'SCQF Level')

  • Compare the balance of awards between Curricular Areas (Attained entries) for school and VC
  • Compare the percentage of pupils attaining in each Curricular Area for school and VC (Base Cohort)
  • Compare the average attainment of pupils in each Curricular Area for the school and VC (Average Tariff Score)



Curricular Areas: Single Curricular Area

A Local Course Measure that shows attainment for one of ten curricular areas.

For support with interpretation visit: education.gov.scot/parentzone/learning-in-scotland/curriculum-areas
For technical support visit: Technical Guide: Other Local Measures

Measure Page    Course ▶ Local Course Measure: Curricular Areas- Single Curricular Area

Curricular

  • The Curricular Area of interest can be selected (change in Options 'Curricular Area')
  • Attained entries in the selected curricular area as a percentage of all awards for the given cohort (default data to display)
  • The percentage of individual students in the cohort who have an award in the curricular area (change in Options 'Data to Display' ▶ Percentage of Base Centre Cohort)
  • Average Total Tariff Score attained by pupils in the curricular area (change in Options 'Data to Display' ▶ Average Tariff Score)
  • Data is summarised by year (either 3 or 5 years can be shown)

  • Compare attainment in the Curricular Area between the school, Virtual Comparator, Local Authority and National
  • Compare attainment in the Curricular Area over time



Course and Subject Summaries

There are three summary tables that give an overview of performance for selected qualifications and qualification levels for the cohort of interest (School or Partner Centre).

For support with interpretation visit: Deep Dive: Recognising Achievement
For technical support visit: Technical Guide: Other Local Measures

Summary Page    Course ▶ Whole School Course Summary

	Whole School Course Summary

  • The Qualification of interest can be selected (change in Options using 'Data Provider', 'Product Type', 'Qualification Level')
  • For graded courses the number in the base cohort, resulted entries and attainment by grade and aggregations of grades are displayed
  • For ungraded courses the number in base cohort, resulted entries and passes are displayed
  • This summary does not include attainment presented by partner centres/colleges

  • Filter by Sex and Stage
  • Select a different academic year under Options
  • Click on the 'More detail link' to go to an Attainment in Selected Course measure
Summary Page    Course ▶ Partnership Course Summary

	Partnership Course Summary

  • The Qualification of interest can be selected (change in Options using 'Data Provider', 'Product Type', 'Qualification Level')
  • For graded courses the number in the base cohort, resulted entries and attainment by grade and aggregations of grades are displayed
  • For ungraded courses the number in base cohort, resulted entries and passes are displayed
  • This summary only includes attainment from partner centres/colleges

  • Compare graded attainment to National
  • Filter by Sex and Stage
  • Select a different academic year under Options
  • Click on the 'More detail link' to go to a Partnership: Attainment in Selected Course Measure
Summary Page    Course ▶ Selected Subject Summary

	Selected Subject Summary

  • The Subject of interest can be selected (change in Options using 'Subject')
  • For graded courses the number in the base cohort, resulted entries and attainment by grade and aggregations of grades are displayed
  • For ungraded courses the number in base cohort, resulted entries and passes are displayed
  • This summary does not include attainment presented by partner centres/colleges

  • Filter by Sex and Stage
  • Select a different academic year under Options
  • Click on the 'More detail link' to go to an Attainment in Selected Course measure



Learning Partners

The learning partners feature provides a ranking of schools nationally based on how closely they perform to their Virtual Comparator. Schools can choose other schools as learning partners in order to share data without suppression.

For support with finding learning partners: Step by Step: Learning Partners
For technical support visit: Technical Guide: Other Local Measures

Administration Page    Learning Partners ▶ View Partnerships


	View Learning Partners

  • View details of Partnership requests and existing Partnerships
  • Changes to Learning Partners can be made by the Learning Partner Administrator

  • Click on 'Change Establishment' to view your Learning Partner's data



School Profile

The school profile feature provides an overview of the numbers of learners in each year and stage.

For support with cohorts : Insight Navigation Pack
For technical support visit: Technical Guide: Underlying Concepts

Administration Page    'Establishment' ▶ School Profile

	School Profile

  • Leavers Profile displays the Leavers Cohort size and number of inactive candidates by year
  • The Stage-Based Profile displays the Whole School Cohort size and number of inactive candidates by year and stage combination



LA (Local Authority) Summary

The Local Authority Summary tables display information for every school within a Local Authority. These summaries are available to all users. They become available when you select a local authority as the establishment. This allows users to see key benchmarking data for all schools within a Local Authority in one place. Access to the two Local Course Measures is subject to the data access model.

For information about the data access model : Technical Guide: Insight User Access

Administration Page    'Establishment = Local Authority'    LA Summary ▶ Local Authority Summary:

	Local Authority Summary


  • Filter by Sex and Stage
  • Click on the 'More detail link' to navigate to a specific school