Do school inspections improve school quality? Ofsted inspections and school examination results in the UK
Economics of Education Review Volume 23, Number 2 ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Improving the quality of state-funded secondary school education remains a major explicit policy aim in the UK. The central means by which state-provided education in the UK is now regulated is through the system of inspections carried out by the Office of Standards in Education (Ofsted), set up in 1992. The research reported in this paper investigates, empirically, the direct effect of the Ofsted regulatory system on the observed exam performance of the state secondary schools inspected. It is found that there exists a small but well-determined adverse, negative effect associated with the Ofsted inspection event for the year of the inspection.
Rosenthal, L. Do school inspections improve school quality? Ofsted inspections and school examination results in the UK. Economics of Education Review, 23(2), 143-151. Elsevier Ltd.