FREE SCHOOLS CONTRIBUTE TO DECLINE IN SWEDISH EDUCATION ACCORDING TO EXPERT – PISA 2012

EXPERT REACTION TO THE PISA 2012 RESULTS

THE QUESTION OF THE ROLE OF THE SO-CALLED “FREE SCHOOLS EXPERIMENT” IN THE FALLING POSITION OF SWEDEN IN PISA RESULTS WAS DEBATED IN PARLIAMENT THIS AFTERNOOON.

Dr Susanne Wiborg, Head, Lifelong & Comparative Education, Institute of Education, University of London comments on role of free schools in Sweden’s falling position in international tables:

“The Swedish Free Schools have played an indirect role in the decline of the PISA scores over the last decade. However, the question still remains to what extent these schools actually can be blamed for this. We do know that low achievers usually from lower socio-economic background in Sweden don’t perform as well as they did in the past, because of the surprisingly high level of ethnic and social segregation in society. The Free Schools no doubt have contributed to this.”

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