An Application: Quality vs. Quantity in UK Private Secondary Education
The data to be analyzed in this first application of the methodology outlined and investigated in the previous chapters concern graduation from secondary schools in the UK. The two outputs to be considered here are the quality and the quantity of sixth-form grading (the corresponding exams are called A-level exams in the UK). There is an ongoing debate in the UK about education policy and in particular about whether or not it is desirable that secondary schools focus on grading quality and neglect grading quantity to a large extent. It has been argued, that it instead would be in societies interest to have a greater quantity of graduates per year, but that schools instead would tend to drive many average talented pupils from school before they reach the sixth form, where they would become candidates to take the A-level exams. A good and regularly updated account of this debate can be found on the webpage of the Department for Education www.dfee.gov.uk and the webpage of The Times Educational Supplement www.tes.co.uk.
KeywordsCovariance Eter Autocorrelation Tray Dial
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