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Norway Directorate of Education shall assess whether the examination should be scrapped for good

April 13, 2022

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In the slightly longer term, the directorate will also try out alternatives to the current exam, says Per Kristian Larsen-Evjen, department director for the upper secondary education curriculum, to Aftenposten.

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

For the third year in a row, the exam was also canceled this year - for both 10th graders and graduating students in high school - due to the pandemic with a lot of homeschooling.

Professor and assessment researcher Tony Burner at the teacher education programs at the University of Southeast Norway, believes that the pandemic has made it possible to see that it is possible not to have an exam.

- Many teachers believe they get more time for teaching and mid-term assessment when the exam was canceled. And many students have experienced less stress, he says.

However, the Norwegian Teachers' Association is more skeptical. Leader Helle Christin Nyhuus believes that exams are an important piece in a comprehensive assessment system, but says that they are involved in discussing how exams can be adapted to the new curricula.

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