Exams at general education schools

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The final examinations of basic school and the state examinations of upper secondary school will take place as scheduled. Many interest groups, including the association of Estonian schools principals, the Estonian Association of Teachers, the Estonian Educational Personnel Union, the association of Estonian school psychologists, the association of teachers of Estonian language, the Estonian National Youth Council, the Estonian Association of Student Governments, the Federation of Estonian Student Unions, the Estonian Chamber of Disabled People, and the youth organisations of the Defence League, have expressed the opinion that this year it would make sense to uncouple the results of the final examinations of basic school from graduation.

Usually the results of the final examinations of basic schools are converted into numeric grades and it is possible to graduate from basic school if a student has received at least a passing grade ("acceptable") on three examinations (Estonian language or Estonian as a second language, mathematics and an elective exam). According to the plan for this year, the point scores of the exams will not be converted into grades, the percentage of the point score from the maximum result is entered on the report card. The graduation does not depend on the exam results. Regularly, three exams need to be taken: Estonian language or Estonian as a second language, mathematics, and a subject of the student's choice. If a student passes the (B-1 level) exam for Estonian as a second language with at least 60%, they will also get a certificate for language skill level.

The state examinations of upper secondary school are taking place as usual. A student has passed the exam and is able to graduate from upper secondary school if they receive at least one point for the exam, which is the minimum positive result.

For the 2020/2021 academic year, completing a student research or a practical assignment is not a precondition for graduating from school. The school staff council has the right to evaluate whether carrying out student research or practical work is possible due to the emergency situation. If the school has decided that it is not possible, the graduating student can graduate from upper secondary school without completing the student research or practical assignment.

Last updated: 01.03.2021 11:52

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