Impacts of Great Places To School

Since the launch of the great places to school in 2019, several schools have been awarded for excellence while those that aspire have taken steps to improve their schools. Below are the following areas that are impacted by having a robust rating and school ranking system.

Self-motivating tool for Schools to improve Quality of learning

The Great Places to School is a self-motivating tool that ensures that our schools improve the quality of learning by subjecting themselves to a regular confirmation of competence almost similar to ISO Certification. How school ratings are designed – meaning what schools must do to earn a certain rating – really matters. It’s important that school ratings are based on how schools are doing for each group of students, not just an overall or average look at all students. Rankings affect institutional decision making.  The development of new features in the school, faster adoption in the use of technology to teach and manage the school, promotion and recruitment of teachers is also impacted by the rankings.  Many use rankings not only to monitor their own performance, but also that of their partners and competitors for benchmarking purposes.  The project will also contribute to schools branding which require constant effort and data to support and communicate a desired image. A schools position in rankings serves this purpose well as ranking outcomes are often mentioned on institutional websites, on social media and institutional presentations in order to increase institutional visibility and credibility.  Also, since students with good academic records prefer to enroll at highly ranked institutions perceived as offering better education, the project will strongly influence Kenyans’ view of academia and therefore affect institutional and personal decision-making as well as policies and practices.

Empowering Parents to make the right decisions

Parents and the community at large have a right to know how schools are serving their children and whether they are learning and making progress or struggling and need support.  This is because Kenyan parents especially the young parents who are themselves likely to be educated are more sensitive to school quality and in this regard are willing to spend more money to ensure that their children access quality education.  In this regard, school ratings help parents and the communities understand how schools are doing and where to make improvements. These schools are more accountable to families, as parents can easily vote with their feet, moving children to other private or public schools if they are unhappy with the education provided 

National Policy

Rankings and ratings for schools are used by some governments in education policy, due, often, to the lack of other widespread metrics. This kind of information is also important for educators and policymakers as it helps them direct resources to where it matters and make good decisions that support all students and teachers. Many governments use rankings to direct funding for selected institutions deemed as capable of becoming world-class, whereas others make use of rankings for classification purposes. School ratings, together with a basic ‘dashboard’ of information about how schools are faring on key indicators, help convey this information to the public. Whether it is labels ranging from “excellent” to “in need of improvement,” one to five stars, or A to F grades – together with a dashboard of data points on critical issues –In recent years countries as diverse as India, the Russian Federation and the Netherlands have made use of school rankings in their partnership schemes, recognition and immigration policies.

Stimulation of Research & Data collection on Education

Rankings impact discussions about, and collection of, comparative data on both a national and institutional level. Rankings encourage not only the collection but also the publication of education data which should be a dynamic process in the efforts to transform education in Kenya.  By helping both parents and educators understand how individual schools are doing over time, the project will contribute to everyone’s goal of a better education for the Kenyan children.   Through this collaboration and further research, the project will be able to stimulate further research that will lead to the development of more tools that will widen the scope of variables the indicative of great schools in Kenya