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Assessment practice: introduction - Denmark

The municipality of Copenhagen has initiated a range of measures to change a negative social heritage, in order to enhance inclusion. To change the negative social heritage means that the child is doing better than expected in the light of his or her socio-economic background, especially the parents’ social, cultural, educational and financial background and resources. Studies show that in comparison to the other Nordic countries, we are not very good at changing the negative social heritage through education in Denmark. The negative social heritage means that only very few persons from socially vulnerable groups will obtain a degree at university level. Further information is available from the web site of the Danish Ministry of Social Affairs at

Resources that are allocated for the purpose of changing the negative social heritage are primarily meant to be spent on children who have problems related to their behaviour, contact abilities and well-being. (The Ministry of Education has published a report about problems related to behaviour, contact abilities and well-being, available (in Danish) at in the “Publications” section. This includes children with attention-seeking problems (ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and children with contact problems (Asperger’s syndrome – a disorder within the autism spectre), as these children are very difficult to include in the Folkeskole. 

Each school within the municipality of Copenhagen is allocated a fixed sum ear-marked for initiating activities and therefore improving the possibilities of including pupils who have been segregated from mainstream school because of these problems.

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