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Lack of Grades Hurt Some Students

According to a new report from the Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation, since grades were removed from Swedish primary and middle schools, fewer students from less educated families have finished high school.

The study shows that the change has favored the sons of the well-educated, while their daughters showed the same negative trend as the children of the less-educated.

The report provides no reasons why this has happened.

Grades in primary and middle schools in Sweden were completely removed in 1982, but from 1969 municipalities were allowed to remove grading from the youngest students.

Minister of Education Jan Björklund, who was worked to restore grades, says the report confirms what he knew already about the value of grades.

Mona Sahlin, leader of the Social Democratic opposition, which is more sceptical about grading in schools, says she’s not surprised, as when grades were removed they weren’t replaced with a useful substitute.

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