Norway’s Directorate of Education to assess whether exams should be scrapped for good

Student examsPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB
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The Norwegian Directorate of Education wants to try out several alternatives to exams. Many believe it is time to scrap the current form of exams.

“In the slightly longer term, the Directorate wants to try out alternatives to the current exam,” Per Kristian Larsen-Evjen, department director for the upper secondary education curriculum, told the newspaper Aftenposten.

The Directorate also plans to initiate research on how exams work in the Norwegian school system.

For the third year in a row, the exam was canceled this year due to the pandemic and a high level of homeschooling.

Professor and assessment researcher Tony Burner at the University of Southeast Norway believes that the pandemic has made it possible to see that it is possible not to have exams.

“Many teachers say they got more time for teaching and mid-term assessment after exams were canceled. And many students have experienced less stress,” he said.

However, the Norwegian Teachers’ Association is skeptical. Its leader, Helle Christin Nyhuus, believes that exams are an important part of a comprehensive assessment system. 

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3 Comments on "Norway’s Directorate of Education to assess whether exams should be scrapped for good"

  1. “Many teachers say they got more time for teaching and mid-term assessment after exams were canceled. And many students have experienced less stress,” he said.
    However, the Norwegian Teachers’ Association is skeptical. Its leader, Helle Christin Nyhuus, believes that exams are an important part of a comprehensive assessment system.”
    One only needs to “assess” the interests of the students and teachers.Both would like less work and more leisure time I’m assuming. We’re in the western civilized world shirking from global competition those countries with a higher level of education possessing competence skills will have a stronger economic base. This is only achieved through monitoring student assessment and teacher accountability. There’s also many reasons the pressure and demands are being placed to lower or eliminate exams. Some reasons besides adapting a lax attitude towards studies others are nefariously attacking the education systems past disciplined strengths with arguments for multicultural inclusion and other such progressive banter. One cannot forge steel without fire.Hopefully many will see the wise arguments of Norwegian Teachers’ Association leader, Helle Christin Nyhuus.

  2. Vernon Childers | 7. April 2022 at 03:41 | Reply

    To consider this is beyond words.

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