As a part of the education process, regular evaluations of the students’ learning outcomes are to be carried out. The evaluations are to gauge the students’ level in terms of acquiring the knowledge and skills in the subjects and topics in accordance with the level and end objectives. The evaluations are to form the basis for providing guidance to the individual student and for the further planning and organisation of the teaching as well as being a tool for assisting in keeping the parents informed of the students’ learning outcomes.
It is made clear that the regular evaluations of the students’ learning outcomes must be in accordance with the level and end objectives of the individual subjects as they are defined under Common Objectives.
As a part of the process of evaluating the students’ learning outcomes, a range of obligatory national tests have been introduced. The tests are to be used in order to able to follow the individual student’s acquisition of knowledge and skills so that the education process can be planned to a greater extent according to the individual student’s strengths, weaknesses and potential.
Students must complete the following tests:
- Danish, with a focus on reading in form levels 2, 4, 6 and 8.
- English in form level 7.
- Mathematics in form level 3 and 6.
- Geography in form level 8.
- Biology in form level 8.
- Physics/chemistry in form level 8.
The tests are computer based and adaptive, meaning that they are continuously adapted to the individual student. If a student answers a question incorrectly, then they are given an easier question; if the student answers correctly, they are given a more difficult question. In this way, it is assured that the tests provide a precise picture of each student’s academic level. No two students receive the exact same test. It is therefore not be possible to make internal comparative evaluations of the tests within a specific class.
The test is one of a number of pedagogical tools available to the teacher. Together with the results of the evaluation, which the teachers also make use of, these tools are to be used in the planning of the further programme of education. The results are also used in guiding the individual student and will additionally be beneficial in strengthening cooperation with parents. The parents are therefore to be informed in writing about the results of the tests.
Information concerning test results for individual students, groups of students, teams, classes, schools, municipalities and regions, etc., are to be kept confidential, with the exception of the reporting on the national level. The test results will therefore similarly not be covered under the Public Administration Act’s regulations regarding the right to public access to information. Finally, the exercises included in the tests will also be kept confidential.
In order to strengthen the process of carrying out an ongoing evaluation of the Folkeskole, a provision was introduced requiring a written student plan for all students at all form levels. The student plans are to contain information about the results of the ongoing evaluations in all subjects and the course of action decided based on these results. The student plans are to be prepared at least once each school year.
The student plans are to be provided to the parents. A single model for the form the student plans are to take has not been introduced. It will continue to be the responsibility of the school boards to determine the specific principles for notifying the home regarding the students’ learning outcomes and regarding any additional cooperation between school and home that is to take place within the framework that has been established by the individual municipal boards.
National Evaluation Portal
A national evaluation portal will assist teachers in the work of evaluating the students’ learning outcomes. Teachers have access to a wide range of inspirational material for performing evaluations in the individual subjects, and examples of good evaluation practices and working with student plans are also included.