Grading students earlier would be "ill-advised" say researchers
There are no clear benefits of handing out report cards in the fourth grade, a working group at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences writes in an op-ed article in newspaper Dagens Nyheter today.
Today Swedish students receive their first report cards in sixth grade, but the center-right coalition parties are pushing for formal grades to be given earlier, when students are between 10 and 11 during the fourth grade. Before the election last year the then-governing coalition commissioned a report to gather information about the advantages and disadvantages of early grading, a report that a working group at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences now claim is flawed.
The working group writes that the advantages listed are not good enough to justify earlier grading and that it would, instead, be better to improve the education for teachers.
"To begin formal grading at such an early age without scientific evidence to support that this truly has positive effects on the students would be ill-advised", the working group writes on DN.