The central exam was canceled in 2020 due to the corona virus. This resulted in more students getting their high school diploma. But not everywhere benefited equally from the expiry of the exams.
The rules that determine whether a student has passed or failed have been adjusted in 2020 due to the corona virus. Only on the basis of the tests that students had taken for the school exam (which differ per school) it was determined whether someone received their diploma. In 2020, students were also given an extra opportunity to improve their school exam grades.
Arie Slob, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education and Media, announced in October that more students have passed due to these changed rules. NU.nl uses new figures from the educational institution DUO to list what stood out about the success rates for the 2019-2020 school year.
More schools had 100 percent graduates
The number of schools where none of the students failed has increased enormously. In the 2018-2019 school year, there were 61 schools with a 100 percent pass rate. In the 2019-2020 school year, this was 503 schools.
The success rate for all final exam students together was 98.7 percent in 2020. In 2019 this was 92 percent.
Especially on the HAVO more diplomas
Failure to pass the central exam made the biggest difference at HAVO. The success rate there rose by more than 9 percentage points. On the basic vocational program of VMBO (VMBO BB), almost as many students passed as normal. There, the success rate rose by only 1.5 percent.
The success rate rose the least in Zeeland
The success rate rose in every province, but not equally fast everywhere. In Zeeland the success rate rose by more than 5 percent, while in Noord-Holland the success rate rose by 9 percent.
Greater increase of graduates in big cities
Another way of looking at regional differences is to look at how urban an area is. In the big city (very urban areas), failure to pass final exams appears to have made a greater difference than in the rest of the country.
Small difference between boys and girls
Last year, almost all girls who were in the final year, more than 99 percent passed. This is an increase of 8 percent. The success rate in the boys was 98 percent. This is 7 percent more than a year earlier.