Educational Rankings: Existing and Missing Dimensions

This article provides an overview on indicators that are capable of measuring
effectiveness of educational institutions. In the first part it takes a look at the indicators of primary and secondary public education, and then in the second part it focuses on higher education’s indicators. One of the lessons of the research on the Hungarian and international practice of creating rankings is that the use of performance indicators can have negative effects: it pushes educational institutions to concentrate only on tasks that improve their position in the rankings. Many rankings have a deficiency – they are incapable of showing the diversity of these institutions in its fullness. These problems draw our attention to the point that it would be practical to bring into line effectiveness indicators with results of these institutions that are useful in the wider society.