National Exams for Third Graders

The National Agency for Education has presented its model for a possible national examination standard for nine-year olds.

The agency’s Niclas Westin has told Swedish Radio News that when it comes to Swedish, kids of that age should have good text comprehension as well as fluency in reading.

The proposal, which comes as part of the government’s revamping of the education system, also says that nine-year olds should be able to add and subtract as well as perform simple division and multiplication problems.

The government’s proposed legislation suggests that national examinations for nine-year-olds begin in 2009 as a way of catching students who need extra help. With the present system, kids are first tested at the age of eleven.

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