The Education Funding Agency has published guidance on how 16 to 19 provision from 2012/13 will be judged.
The agency said the minimum standards from 2011/12 would continue to be used.
A spokesperson said: “In the 2012 to 2013 academic year, a school sixth form or college will be seen as underperforming if its results show that fewer than 40 per cent of students achieve an average point score per entry in vocational qualifications of 194 points…[and] fewer than 40 per cent of students achieve an average point score per entry in academic qualifications of 172 points.”
The standards will cover all schools and colleges for 16 to 18-year-olds and will take into account performance in A-levels, and other academic and vocational qualifications taken at level three.
Standards for the 2013/14 academic year are due to be agreed in August.
See edition 108 of FE Week (dated Monday, June 30) for more, including sector reaction.