The Institute for Government has clearly been primed to try to influence the Scottish elections by providing ‘oven-ready’ bad news for the MSM to pass on to voters just in time.
On the 31st March they announced, ignoring all the sounds coming from the EU, that we’d wait 10 years to join the EU and only yesterday we were told that, based on estimates, breaking away from the UK would leave Scotland facing sizeable fiscal deficits.
Today it’s this:
Declining scores for Scottish pupils in maths and science can plausibly be blamed on Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), according to a major report. The study from the Institute for Government (IfG) says results for the two subjects in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) are lower than in 2006, despite a claim in the SNP’s 2011 manifesto that the drop had been “halted”.
I say without hesitation ‘bullshit.’
First, curriculum change has little effect on attainment in core subjects but changes in levels of equality and poverty are far more influential. See: https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/education
Declining scores for Scottish pupils in maths and science can plausibly be blamed on Tory austerity?
Second, PISA scores are meaningless at best and destructive at worst. See:
Third, The IFG has no expertise in Education and even less in Scottish education.