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18.08.2015, 15:01

Moscow releases 2014-2015 school ranking

Moscow releases 2014-2015 school ranking

Moscow’s Department of Education has released a list of 300 schools and lyceums that made the biggest contribution to the development of the Moscow education system, Ivan Yashchenko, Director of the Teaching Excellence Centre and Head of the Moscow School Ranking Team, said at a news conference.

“The ranking that we publish every year serves as a reference for the community, people and, of course, the schools. It shows what schools contribute the most to the educational system. One of its key features is that the ranking is absolutely transparent. This is not some kind of an expert survey, when schools submit applications, make presentations, and have to put in effort and time. This is an absolutely transparent, open, independent school ranking,” he said.

According to Mr Yashchenko, Lyceum No 1535 leads the pack of 300 Moscow schools, followed by the Moscow State University Advanced Educational Scientific Centre, School No 2 lyceum, Intellektual boarding school, school No 57 and No 179, lyceums No 1580 of Bauman Moscow State Technical University and No 1501, Educational Centre No 1329 and Southeastern Secondary School.

The first 170 schools in the ranking will be awarded grants in the amount set by the Moscow Mayor. “Institutions from the top 20 will receive first-class grants, schools with a ranking from 21 through 70 will benefit from second-class grants, and schools ranked from 71 to 170 will be entitled to third-class grants,” the director said.

He went on to say that over 190 educational institutions have improved their standing on the back of new selection criteria, including efficiency in working with juvenile delinquents and children with disabilities. In this respect, School No 109 (35th) and Education Technology Education Centre (237th) stand out.

Children with disabilities have made substantial academic progress in the 2014-2015 school year. Specifically, 150 passed Unified State Exams, 278 State Final Examinations, and had 67 positive results at Moscow Academic Competitions, including national contests. Their average exam scores range from 63 to 73.

“The fact that ranking indicators are improving across the board is certainly the result of the improvement in education quality that we have been witnessing in the last five years,” Mr Yashchenko said.

The ranking of educational institutions is published since 2011. It is compiled by the Teaching Excellence Centre in accordance with the approved criteria and is based on student performance.

The ranking for 2014-2015 school year was the first to take into account the number of violations during the Unified State Exam, the efficiency of schools in working with such incidents, as well as efforts aimed at children with disabilities and extracurricular activities (including taking part in the competitions Unbroken Generational Bonds and Museums. Parks. Mansions). Points were also awarded for a number of children finishing primary school and enrolling in secondary school within the same educational institution.