Compromise deal on marks for fourth graders
The government and the center-right opposition Alliance parties have reached a compromise about marks for students beginning in grade 4.
There will be a voluntary trial for up to 100 schools in the country. Jan Björklund of the opposition Liberals Party and Minister of Education Gustav Fridolin of the Green Party presented the information at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
In the fall the Alliance parties first proposed moving the first year of school marks from grade 6 to grade 4. News agency TT reported that there was opposition to the move, primarily because the change to give school marks to students in grade 6 had not yet been studied.
The compromise means that fourth grade students in as many as 100 schools will begin receiving grades in 2017. The trial will be evaluated in 2020. Schools that want to participate in the trial may apply to the Swedish National Agency for Education. The Agency will be responsible for spreading out the trial schools and considering socio-economic conditions.
No schools will be forced to participate in the trial, and the number set at 100 is the upper limit. The compromise means that the decision to give grades to students in the sixth grade will remain, but it means that the two national tests which were introduced by Jan Björklund when he was education minister will be removed.