Progress 8: New value added measure for schools in England

Schools in England are now assessed using the Progress 8 measure, generated using data on the attainment of students.

The final ‘Attainment 8’ scores of students, based on their achievement in EBacc and other GCSE subjects will be compared against their estimated Attainment 8. This will give an individual Progress 8 score for each student, expressed as a positive or negative number with a positive representing a better than expected performance.


The Progress 8 scores of students will then be taken to provide an average Progress 8 score for the school that will act as a measure of performance, replacing the current 'expected progress' measure.


Progress 8 Measure Example

Qualification Grade Points Included Total points
GCSE English Language A 7 Yes (doubled) 14
GCSE Maths B 6 Yes (doubled) 12
GCSE French B 6 Yes 6
GCSE Core Science C 5 Yes 5
GCSE History C 5 Yes 5
GCSE English Literature B 6 Yes 6
GCSE Geography C 5 Yes 5
GCSE Art C 5 Yes 5
GCSE Spanish E 3 No 0
Attainment 8 score       58
Progress 8 score       4

A student's Progress 8 score is the difference between their actual Attainment 8 score and their estimated Attainment 8 score divided by 10. The estimated Attainment 8 score is the average Attainment 8score of all students nationally with the same prior attainment at key stage 2 (KS2).

If this student's KS2 score was 5, their estimated Attainment 8 score would be 54. Their Progress 8 score is 0.4 (58-54/10).


How will Progress 8 impact upon your school? What measures will you have to take to prepare for it? What role can assessment play in preparing for Progress 8?

These are all questions that schools are dealing with right now, and they are all questions that we want to help you answer

How to roadmap Progress 8 success

Andy Dalton-Bunker advises how to ensure vulnerable students are on track to achieve their Attainment 8 expectations.

Five questions about Progress 8

Duncan Baldwin discusses the pros and cons of Progress 8 and asks what we should be doing about it.

Progress - we're all measuring, tracking and reporting on it, but what is it?

Mirkka Jokelainen asks the question: what is progress when it comes to education, and in particular, learning?

Offering practical advice at the Education Show 2016

GL Assessment is bringing leading educational experts together at the Education Show 2016 to provide teachers with guidance and support on key issues relating to assessment in schools.

Getting ready for Progress 8 with CDS

With the introduction of Progress 8, Westhoughton High School is using CDS to make sure every student reaches their Attainment 8 expectations.

Providing a truly comprehensive education at Bluecoat Academy with CDS

To gauge an academic and non-academic picture of students, the academy now uses CDS to establish a starting point and monitor progress