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Portugal exams return for 9th grade as they will count for access to higher education

June 21, 2022

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The Government announced this Thursday that it will extend the exceptional conditions for completing Secondary Education, "with national exams taking place only for the purposes of access to Higher Education". In a statement, the Ministry of Education said that the "9th grade tests for assessment purposes" are back, with no impact on student assessment.

"Carry out the 9th grade tests for benchmarking purposes, complementing the instruments that have been developed to monitor the system (including the Diagnostic Study, the Assessment Tests carried out in 2021 and the Assessment Tests to be carried out this year). From the results of the 9th grade tests, school reports will be produced disaggregated by subdomains, similarly to what happens with the Assessment Tests of the 2nd, 5th and 8th grades."

The objective, says the office of Minister Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, is "to carry out all the measurement instruments normally provided", so that "it is possible to have system indicators on the development of learning, allowing a monitoring of learning recovery strategies".

The Council of Ministers approved this Thursday the decree-law that establishes a set of exceptional and temporary measures regarding the assessment, approval and completion of basic education and regarding the assessment, approval of subjects and completion of secondary education and access to higher education. .

The Ministry of Education states that, “although in the 2021/2022 school year there were only occasional changes to the school calendar, namely an adjustment to the Christmas school interruption, situations of illness and prophylactic isolation motivated by Covid-19 had an impact on activities face-to-face teaching".

The tutelage considers that, "in line with the last two academic years, it is in the interest of students not to harm the process of access to Higher Education".

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