Jan 16 2013

What distinguishes primary schools that do well on national tests?

Good primary schools have huge educational scope with a teacher-directed profile in teaching, a pleasant, inclusive, supportive, timely and professionally focused teaching and learning environment, a greater number of hours than the minimum set by the school authorities and a well-developed information technology infrastructure, according to research.

On behalf of the Education Directorate NIFU investigated the characteristics of elementary schools that do well on national tests in reading, mathematics and English.

– Good primary schools have a beneficial social composition of pupils, which means that the child’s parents have high education and income, and a relationship that is institutionally anchored (high percentage of married parents), says Jens B. Grøgaard, a researcher at NIFU.

NIFU researcher finds it interesting that there seems to be positive with a certain element among minority students: not too little and not too much. The report shows that some of these positive context effects do not include all groups of pupils.

– Minority Students can only benefit from the majority community if students reported an inclusive working and learning environment at school. We think this is tangible empirical expression of the Norwegian school has significant integration challenges, says Grøgaard.

This is the fifth interim report of the project ‘resources and results of basic education’. The project has gone over three years, from 2010 to 2012. The report analyzes the performance level and performance development among primary school students who completed in Year 5 in 2007 and on 8 stage in 2010. Attention is directed toward students who changed schools from 5th to 7 step.

NIFU-rapport 38/2012


For more information, contact
Jens B. Grøgaard, forsker 1
22 59 51 92 / 45 48 23 58