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Class affects school grades

Children whose parents have higher education get better grades than the children whose parents do not. This year’s grade statistics indicate large class differences.

The difference in grades between students who have parents with higher education and those who do not is 1.6 on a scale from 1 to 6 in the Norwegian school.

Big challenge
The statistics, which was presented Tuesday, include all the grades of all the students in 10th grade who graduated junior high the spring of 2003.

«It is serious that social differences have such a large affect on the students’ grades,» stated Jostein Osnes, director at the Norwegian Board of Education, in a press release. «This indicates that the schools have a big challenge to give all students the same opportunity to succeed professionally. To even out these differences is going to an important political task hereafter.»

Girls are best at school
The second most important factor determining how well the students do is gender.

According to the statistics, girls get better grades than boys in all subjects except physical education. In addition, the statistics indicate that students of non-western decent get noticeable worse grades than students of Norwegian decent.

According to the press release from the Board of Education, this year’s numbers give a positive signal when it comes to immigrant students: second generation immigrant students are closer to the grade average of students with Norwegian decent and get definitely better grades than first generation immigrants.

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