Leading schools revolt over league tables

Eton and St Paul’s are to boycott this year’s exam league tables, claiming the focus on raw results is killing good teaching and damaging education.
The elite public schools are refusing to submit their results to the Independent Schools Council for publication in August, following the release of A-levels and GCSE grades.
Announcing the joint decision this week, Martin Stephen, the high master of St Paul’s boys school in west London, will also launch a scathing attack on the Government’s “politically driven” performance tables, published in January.
The “nonsensical” data, which give equal weighting to A-level physics and a qualification in flower arranging, is in effect lying to parents, he will say.
The boycott, a symbolic move by two of the best-performing schools in the country, is an attempt to expose how rankings of both state and independent schools “kill good teaching” and restrict what pupils learn, turning them in to exam junkies.

E eu que nem sou o maior dos críticos dos exames e dos rankings – desde que bem feitos – sou sensível a esta argumentação.