MPs agree on primary school tests

MPs have reached agreement on the introduction of compulsory final year tests for primary school pupils.

The government had said all schools would be required to take the Cito test, but faced opposition from the CDA and D66, which left it without a majority in the upper house of parliament.

The parties have now agreed that all schools will give final year pupils either the Cito test or a test of similar standing. The test will be taken in April or May, meaning the results will no longer be crucial in determining what sort of secondary school pupils will move on to.

Dutch pupils are streamed according to educational ability as soon as they leave primary school.

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