Local authorities in Denmark want to introduce language tests for three-year-olds.
Research shows that pupils can be up to two years behind their age group in terms of social and linguistic development when they start school, which puts them at a disadvantage.
Intended as a marker to help reduce inequalities, the proposed test would last between 10 and 30 minutes and take place in local nurseries. The test results would identify children who are below the expected language ability for their age – and then they could be given additional help to catch up.
While many education professionals and paediatricians support the idea, parents have reacted with concern. A spokesperson for the national parents’ organisation, FOLA, said: “We shouldn’t test our children. We should observe them … The problem with a test is that we only test children on their technical abilities. But children develop differently and are unique.”
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