Academy conversion does not improve primary Sats scores

Pupils in primary academies do no better in key stage 2 tests than comparable local authority schools, study finds

Converting primary schools into academies does not improve pupils’ scores in key stage 2 tests, a new study has found.

The report shows that pupils in primary academies do no better in key stage 2 Sats than those at comparable local authority schools.

Academics believe the research casts doubts over the government’s belief that turning schools into academies will improve results.

Researchers from the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics looked at the test performance of 270 primaries, which had converted between September 2010 and April 2012.

They compared pupils’ test scores in the academic years 2006/07 to 2013/14 in these schools with a control group of schools that converted in the 2014/15 or 2015/16 academic years.

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