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Pupil/Students Assessment

Conservatoires use both continuous assessment and final assessment of pupils in a school report. There are no examinations at the end of a grade. The first nation-wide test was the school-leaving examination (maturitní zkouška) carried out in spring 2011. For more details on the school-leaving examination see Assessment in Upper Secondary Education, the section on Certification. For information about the assessment of pupils in the lower classes of conservatoires (fulfilling the compulsory education) see section on Assessment in Single Structure Education.

The Education Act states that the rules of assessment of educational outcomes of pupils are part of a school's School Code (školní řád), issued by the school head. Rules of assessment are approved by the School Council (školská rada). Decrees stipulate that the rules must be based on the requirements of the framework and school education programmes and what they should include. When pupils with special educational needs are assessed, their type of disability or disadvantage is taken into consideration.


Final Assessment of Pupils in a School Report

The results of a pupil’s education are assessed in the end of each term and may be expressed by a mark, a verbal assessment, or by a combination of both.

If marks are used, a pupil's educational results in the individual subjects are assessed according to the following marks: 

  • 1 – excellent
  • 2 – very good
  • 3 – good
  • 4 – satisfactory
  • 5 – failed

If it is not possible to assess a pupil, the expression "not assessed" is used. If he/she was excused from the class (e.g. for health reasons), the expression "excused" is used.

In day education, a pupil's conduct is also assessed, by means of the following marks:

  • 1 – very good
  • 2 – satisfactory
  • 3 – unsatisfactory

The overall assessment of pupils is expressed on their report as follows:

  • passed with distinction if the mark for any compulsory subject or its verbal assessment translated into a mark is no worse than 2 – very good, the average results in compulsory subjects are at most 1.5, and his or her conduct is assessed as very good; in Art and Applied Art courses, specialised subjects must also be assessed as 1 – excellent;
  • passed if no compulsory subject was assessed by mark 5 or a verbal assessment translated into a mark of 5 – failed;
  • failed if the mark for any compulsory subject or its verbal assessment translated into a mark is 5 – failed or if a pupil is not assessed in some subject at the end of the second term
  • not assessed if it is not possible to assess pupil in some subject at the end of the first term or on an alternative date


Various measures are used to reinforce discipline. A school head, class teacher or a teacher of practical training can, in certain cases specified by a decree, give formal praise or another form of appreciation, or a warning or reprimand in the case of a violation of the School Code. A school head may decide to exclude a pupil from the school or alternatively to place him/her under warning of exclusion. 


Legislation and Bibliography:

Education Act

Decree on Secondary Education and Education in Conservatoires



Progression of Pupils/Students

Only those pupils who receive a "pass" or a "pass with distinction" in their report at the end of the second term may proceed to the next grade.

Pupils who fail a maximum of two compulsory subjects at the end of the second term, or pupils who fail a maximum of two compulsory subjects at the end of the first term (from subjects taught in the first term only), are assessed from these subjects by a board.

On a written request, the school head may permit a pupil who had completed his/her compulsory school attendance and failed or could not be assessed at the end of the second term, to repeat a grade (for information on pupils still completing their compulsory school attendance – see Assessment in Single Structure Education, section Progression of Pupils.

Pupils who have completed their compulsory school attendance may also interrupt their education with the prior consent of school head, for a period no longer than two years.

In the case of an exceptionally gifted pupil, school heads may, at the request of his/her legal guardian, transfer that pupil to a higher grade without him/her completing the previous grade. The transfer is conditional on their passing examinations relating to the syllabus (or the part of the syllabus) of the grade the pupil does not complete.


Legislation and Bibliography:

Education Act

Decree on Secondary Education and Education in Conservatoires



Certification

Education in courses of conservatoire is usually completed by a graduate examination (absolutorium) at the conservatoire. However, pupils can also complete their education with the school-leaving examination (maturitní zkouška), namely after the fourth year in six-year courses or after the eighth year in the eight-year dance course. For more information on the completion of study with the school-leaving examination (ISCED 354), see Assessment in Upper Secondary Education, section on Certification.


Graduate examination

By passing a graduate examination, a pupil acquires tertiary professional education at a conservatoire (vyšší odborné vzdělání v konzervatoři) – ISCED 554. This type of education allows access only to artistic courses at a higher education institution (vysoká škola). Graduates of a conservatoire must pass the school-leaving examination to be admitted to other courses at a higher education institution or tertiary professional school (vyšší odborná škola). A pupil may take a graduate examination at conservatoire no later than five years after completing his/her education. Graduates from a tertiary professional school receive the title “specialist with a diploma” (diplomovaný specialista) (DiS.) which is written after their names.

Pupils may take a graduate examination at conservatoire if they have successfully completed the last grade of education and:

  • successfully passed a final examination in front of an examination board in Czech language and literature and the history of the field they have studied, or a school-leaving examination within a six-year programme; 
  • successfully passed a final examination in front of an examination board in Czech language and literature and a foreign language, or a school-leaving examination within an eight-year programme. 


The graduate examination at conservatoires in six-year programmes consists of:

  • a theoretical examination composed of vocational subjects specified by the curricular documents
  • an examination in a foreign language
  • a graduate thesis and its defence
  • a graduate performance in one or two principal artistic branches
  • or an examination in artistic and pedagogical preparation if so stipulated by the curricular documents


In eight-year programme (dance courses) it consists of:

  • a theoretical examination in vocational subjects specified by the curricular documents
  • a graduate thesis and its defence
  • a graduate performance
  • an examination in artistic and pedagogical training

The content of individual parts is laid down by the school head. For the theoretical examination in specialised subjects, the examination in artistic and pedagogical training, and for the examination in a foreign language, between 25 and 30 topics are set, out of which the pupil draws one. The topic for the graduation performance and the final thesis are given to each pupil by the school head. Preparation for each examination lasts no less than 20 minutes, each examination lasts no more than 30 minutes, or 15 minutes for an examination in a foreign language. The graduation performance can take place no earlier than 10th February and the other examinations are held in June. Prior to the commencement of the graduate examination at conservatoire, pupils do not attend school lessons for a period of five days.

A graduate examination at a conservatoire is held in front of an examination board. The vice-chair and members of the examination board are appointed by the school head. Members of the examination board are the supervisor of the graduate thesis, the supervisor of the graduate performance and an opponent. 


Marks for a pupil in individual examinations are proposed by the individual examiners, the supervisor of the graduate thesis or the supervisor of the graduate performance on the following scale:

  • 1 – excellent
  • 2 – very good
  • 3 – good
  • 4 – failed. 

The overall assessment of a pupil's performance is carried out by the examining board on the following scale:

  • passed with distinction if the pupil’s overall average mark is not higher than 1.5, his or her graduation performance is assessed by the mark 1 – excellent, and the pupil has gained no mark worse than 2 – very good in any part of the graduate examination;
  • passed if the overall average mark is higher than 1.5 and no part of the graduate examination at conservatoire has been assessed by mark 4 – failed;
  • failed if the pupil has been assessed by mark 4 – failed in any section of the graduate examination.


After passing the graduate examination, pupils receive a graduation certificate with grades for each examination, an overall evaluation of the examination and a statement of the level of education achieved, and a graduate diploma. These documents are issued by schools. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports lays down in the decree the form and the content of valid blanks of graduation certificates and graduate diplomas. These documents are stamped with the national coat of arms of the Czech Republic and they are a public instrument.

If a pupil fails or has not successfully defended his/her graduate thesis, he/she is permitted to resit the examination or repeat the defence of the thesis on a date specified by the examination board. A repeat examination and repeat defence may be taken twice. 


Legislation and Bibliography:

Education Act

Decree on Completion of Education in Upper-secondary Schools in the Form of a Final Examination, and on Completion of Education in Conservatoires in the Form of an Absolutorium