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Dutch News
Utrecht better at school advice 3/2/2007
AMSTERDAM – Ethnic minority children in Utrecht are given the same recommendations for further education as native Dutch children with similar scores on the standardised CITO test. This has emerged from research from the Oberon consultancy bureau. The Utrecht municipality commissioned the study and presented the results today.

The Utrecht study was launched after a similar report on school advice in Amsterdam revealed that ethnic minority children in the capital were more often recommended for further education at a lower level than native Dutch students with the same standardised test scores.

Oberon said that in total 11 percent of all students in Utrecht were recommended for education "below their ability." This was the case for 14 percent of native Dutch students, and 8 percent of ethnic minority children. The researchers say this is not a significant difference. "There has always been the tendency to recommend ethnic minority pupils for a higher level than a lower one," said a spokesperson for the municipality.

The municipality of Utrecht and the school administrations work together closely to ensure a smooth transition from primary school to secondary school for all pupils.

"When a child is admitted to secondary school, the recommendation from primary school and the CITO results are reviewed, and other factors may also be looked into. This procedure is monitored each year."

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