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Readiness for upper secondary education

“The Folkeskole”[i] assess the extent to which students are reaydy to begin and complete an upper secondary education.

The Educational Readiness Assessment is a process that begins in form 8[ii] to make sure that students assessed not sufficiently ready are offered adequate support and guidance until form 9 (or 10). The assessment is repeated in form 9 (and 10). Students not assessed sufficiently ready are to receive an individually designed and focused educational and guidance effort in form 8 and 9 to support their obtained maturity by the end of form 9 (or 10).

The Educational Readiness Assessment takes a qualitative approach and focuses on the student’s readiness for the VET versus academic pathways. The assessment is performed by the school in coordination with the local Youth Guidance Centre and reported to www.optagelse.dk.[iii]

Assessment is for all students in the public education system and is conducted along three domains:[iv]

  • intellectual and cognitive readiness as indicated by the student’s marks
  • personal features of readiness as shown by the student’s engagement, stability, and such features of personal maturation
  • social features of readiness as shown by the quality of the student’s cooperation, helpfulness, and such dimensions of social orientation

It is an overall assessment and all three domains must be met in order for the student to be assessed ready for upper secondary education.

Intellectual and cognitive readiness

  • in form 8 students are assessed ready if they obtain an average of minimum mark 4/ECTS D.[v]
  • in form 9 (and 10) students are assessed in accordance with their preferred choice of education (academic or vocational)
  • students who wish a vocational education must obtain an average of minimum mark 02/ECTS E in both Danish and Mathematics
  • for students who wish an academic education the obtained grades in general form the basis of the assessment of the academic prerequisites

Personal features of readiness

  • personal features of readiness are assessed on the basis of 5 focus points: Independence, motivation, accountability, meeting stability and readiness to make choose/decide on education

Social features of readiness

  • social features of readiness are assessed on the basis of 3 focus points: Ability to cooperate, respect and tolerance

[i] “The Folkeskole” consists of one year of pre-school class, nine years of primary and lower secondary education and a one-year 10th form.

[ii] when the student is  approximately 14 years of age

[iii] A digital enrollment for youth education and application for higher education

[iv] Each of these sets of competences is articulated in some detail in ministerial guidelines.

[v] The Danish marking scale is a 7-point grading scale. It was introduced in 2007 to make Danish grades more comparable in an international context.