Why tests in primary education

Published on 11 December 2023 at 15:52

Exciting for your child right? Taking all those tests. Is that really necessary? And what do you get out of the results?

A test is an instrument for measuring the knowledge and skills that your child has mastered through education in a particular subject area. Two types of tests are commonly used in primary education: method tests and method-independent tests.

Method tests:

Method tests are tests that a publisher provides with its method for such subjects as language, math and world orientation. They are taken at the end of each chapter to check whether or not the student has mastered the newly offered material. This then allows the teacher to know if the student needs additional repetition, or if he or she can move on to more difficult material.


For example, the semi-annual CITO, Boom or DIA tests are actually method-independent. These types of tests contain tasks of varying difficulty and give an objective picture of your child's performance compared to all Dutch elementary school students. These tests show what your child is already very good at and where it can still develop. With the scores and accompanying graphs, you as a parent can easily see what growth your child has experienced over the past six months. For each subject it is also clearly visible whether your child is at the level appropriate for his or her year. A teacher can then assess whether a child needs more instruction in the coming half year or whether he or she can work independently more often.

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