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EducationWorld September 2018 | Education World Letter from the Editor

The annual EducationWorld India School Rankings (EWISR) 2018-19 survey of the country’s Top 1,000 primary-secondary schools presents the most comprehensive, in-depth and extensive league tables of any schools evaluation survey worldwide. This is confirmed by Prof. Geeta Kingdon, chair of education economics and international development at the Institute of Education at University College, London and an internationally respected monitor of global education, who concedes that she has never encountered a survey which evaluates schools on nearly as many parameters of education excellence.

By any yardstick, EWISR 2018-19 is extensive. All schools, sufficiently well-known to at least 25 of our sample respondents comprising educators, principals, teachers, fees-paying parents and in-school senior students in each region (north, south, east, west) are included. In addition, schools which submit institution details in the prescribed format as per the permanent invitation on our website (www.educationworld.in) are on the master list of preselected 1,000-plus schools countrywide, divided into three major categories — day, boarding and international. Within these broad categories, they are further divided into ten sub-categories to eliminate apples with oranges-type comparisons.

Next, over 120 field personnel of our trusted partners in the annual EWISR survey, the Delhi-based Centre for Forecasting & Research Pvt. Ltd (C fore, estb.2000) fan out across the country and interview 12,000-plus sample respondents and persuade them to rate sufficiently well-known schools in their region on 14 parameters of school education excellence — teacher welfare and development, faculty competence, infrastructure, leadership, co-curricular and sports education, life skills, internationalism, value for money etc. The scores awarded to every school by the informed sample respondents are totalled and schools in each sub-category are ranked inter se.

This elaborate explanation of the robust EWISR methodology is to eliminate the frequent complaint of principals and teachers: “Nobody visited our school for inspection!” The point to note is that inspecting every school is mission impossible. It would take years and cost billions. That’s why neither QS, Times Higher Education nor Shanghai Jiao Tong University which publish their globally-respected annual World University Rankings, use it. All of them quiz sample respondents. Therefore, principals, teachers, countrymen! Please cease and desist from voicing this tiresome complaint.

That said and done, I recommend the thorough and exhaustive EWISR 2018-19 league tables to you. Top 1,000 primary-secondary schools are ranked nationally, in their states, cities and according to all 14 parameters of K-12 education excellence. There’s a huge wealth of data in the EWISR 2018-19 for all stakeholders to analyse, slice and dice to improve learning outcomes and make the school years a memorable and enriching experience for their students.

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