You read here some time back about the concerns about the direction and momentum of Swedish education – notably a fall down the OECD international effectiveness tables. The Institute of Education (IOE) blog has picked up on this with a further report.
This is significant for those in England who have been influenced by the Swedish Free school experiment (most notably Michael Gove) as it seems to have a decisive impact on falling standards in Sweden!
This post originally appeared in The Conversation
Sweden has experienced a dramatic decline in the international ranking of its schools. Swedish 15-year-olds’ performance on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development-led Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has declined from near the average in 2000 to significantly below average in 2012. No other country included in the PISA study has experienced a steeper decline than Sweden during this period.
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