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Equity in Education - Thematic Review Norway Country Note

Norway has an expensive education system. The results from international tests show that Norwegian fifteen-year-old pupils perform only at an average OECD level and that there is a bigger than average dispersion of scores despite the high level of equity within the system. Results from international assessments of adults of varying ages, however, show that Norway has one of the best educated working populations in the world. The integration of general and vocational courses within the same institutions and the lack of dead ends within the system together with a smooth transition to working life enable young people to continue learning and increasing their skills. Overall, Norwegian education has both strengths and weaknesses. This Country Note has been prepared as part of the OECD Thematic Review of Equity in Education.







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