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Assessment policy: introduction - Netherlands

The organisation of special needs education in the Netherlands has changed during the last decade and that has obviously affected assessment procedures. In identifying special educational needs in primary education two different assessment procedures can now be distinguished: one for pupils falling under the so-called Together to School Again policy and the other for the remaining group of pupils with special needs (the Back-pack policy) (see for a more extensive description: development of integration/inclusion on the national Dutch pages.
The Law (Wet op het Primair Onderwijs) does not specify anything on on-going assessment in education. The law just states that schools must have a form of pupils’ progress evaluation (art 8,6) and are obliged to inform parents about the progress of their child (art 11).


  • Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur & Wetenschappen (1988). Wet op het Basisonderwijs. Den Haag: SDU.
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