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ETF - Cohort-sequential longitudinal databases Evaluation through follow-up


Summary of the 2017 survey in grade 6

The purpose of extensive data surveys is to enable both longitudinal and cross-sectional surveys of large and representative student sample. Follow-up investigation of this current sample was started in spring 2014 when the students were in elementary school grade 3. Up to grade 5 were only school administrative tasks collected. In spring 2017, when the majority of pupils in year 6, supplemented the school administrative data with information collected directly from students, guardians and teachers concerned.
The survey population consists of those students who is in spring 2014 belonged to primary school grade 3. By definition it follows that the population is defined with respect to grade belonging, meaning it includes students with different birth year. The majority, or more than 96 percent, however, was born in 2004. The sample includes 9775. The number of students who answered all or part of the questionnaire is 5190. The parent survey was answered by 4785. The proportion of students who answered the questionnaire, 53 percent and 49 percent of parents’ survey.


Information produced in the collection 2017

Cognitive test

The Cognitive tests are of intelligence test character containing information of verbal, inductive and spatial nature. These have been given at each collection in the 6th grade and started the evaluation in 1961. The three subtests and how they were developed are described in Svensson, A. (1964).
As of 2005, there is further evaluation redesigned verbal test.

  •  Opposites: To define the opposite of a particular keyword among four alternatives.
  •  Plate folding: To find out which among the four figures you get, if the folding of an imaged "metal piece".
  •  Number sequences: To supplement a series of numbers, in which six numbers are given, with two additional numbers.
  •  Similarities: To define the synonym for a particular keyword among four alternatives.

More about the cognitive tests can be found in: Relative achievement : school performance in relation to intelligence, sex and home environment

Questionnaire for students

The questionnaire consists of 20 questions in addition to the cognitive tests. Most of the questions are phrased as key issues with a number of subordinate sub-questions with four or five possible answers. By constructing scales and using subquestions that indicators can access the phenomena which are difficult to measure. They relate to the following areas.

  • Students' general perception is highlighted by five questions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and shows the ability of the students feel they have to acquire knowledge and skills in various knowledge areas and their general interest and how important it is for them to learn in these areas.
  • Experiences in specific school situations and school satisfaction is illustrated by five questions (6, 7, 8, 14 and 20) and shows how students feel in different learning and social context of the school and their overall school satisfaction.
  • Students' motivation is illustrated in one question (9) to examine their motivation to learn in school and if they have any specific goals with their learning.
  • Teaching methods in the classroom is illuminated by one question (10) to examine how students and teachers working in the classroom.
  • Homework and homework illuminated by three questions (11, 12 and 13) to find out how much time students spend on homework or doing homework, and how often the provision of homework is, and how much time they get help with their homework.
  • Parental involvement in the child's school situation is illustrated by two questions (15 and 16) and shows the parents' interest in child's school situation and future educational plans.
  • Rating question is illuminated by two questions (17 and 18) and has previously been issued in connection with the collection when the students went in grade 9.
  • Leisure activities by one question (19) and is about the extent of pupils' hobbies.


The exact formulation of the questions are found in Questionnaire to pupils (in Swedish).

Questionnaires to guardians

In the form that was offered in 2017 included 14 questions. The first three questions relating to certain facts including who is answering and the extent to which the student has participated in preschool. Most of the other questions designed to give a picture of the contact between children and parents, and how parents look at school activities. Each of the questions comprises a number of sub-questions. They are related to the following areas.

  • Selection of school (questions 4 and 5).
  • Appraisals and parent meetings (6).
  • Claims school setting (7).
  • Approach to rating (8).
  • Child's school situation (9).
  • The importance of various school subjects judged (10).
  • Communication between children and parents (11).
  • School resources (12).
  • Information from school (13).
  • School knowledge transfer (14).


The questions exact formulation are in Questionnaire to parents (in Swedish).

Questionnaires to teachers

On four previous collections have also teachers received a questionnaire in order to obtain as complete a picture as possible of the student's school situation. Teacher questionnaire consists of 24 questions. Most of the questions comprises a number of sub-questions. They are related to the following areas.

  • Data on class size and composition (1, 2, 3, 4 and 7).
  • Teacher assessments of class knowledge (5 and 6).
  • Facts about the teacher (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15).
  • Experience of school and work content (16 and 17).
  • Working and working conditions (18 and 20).
  • Perception on grading (19).
  • Parental involvement (21).
  • Perception on own competences (22).
  • Organisation and need of special education in the class (23 and 24).


Issues exact formulation are found in Questionnaire to teachers (in Swedish).

Data retrieved from year 3 to year 6 in primary school



Registry data that SCB application in the selection of classes. These consist essentially of:-
Birth year,
migration background,
educationals background, and
socio-economic data.

School administrative data

The school administrative data collected from year 3 and thereafter throughout the primary time. A form is sent out to the school the student is in school and fill in the information for each student included in the survey. In grade 3, are essentially the classes sampled completing these tasks, but over the years moving more students, which makes it be sent out to more and more schools that then fills in the data for individual students. All of the students who initially were to be followed over the years into adulthood. This information consists of:-
class form,
mother tongue,
Swedish for immigrants,
date when moving to another school,
new municipality,
new school.

Page Manager: Åsa Berndtsson & Bo Nielsen|Last update: 7/19/2019

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