Yesterday – in the midst of the spokesman’s party ceremony with the party leaders – the Swedish National Agency for Education sent   out a small press release, telling that a higher proportion of ninth-grade teachers became eligible for upper secondary school this year. In the years 2013 to 2017, the percentage of ninth grade teachers who became eligible for a national program in upper secondary school fell. But this year 84.4 percent became eligible, an improvement of 1.9 percentage points since last year.

And above all, it’s the guys who pushed forward, although the girls still have a higher share of competence.

School Director General Peter Fredriksson says that there is a long and patient work in the school that is now paying off. It is about more teacher-led teaching, about mathematics and reading.

”There is also an extensive political will to support schools, especially schools that are struggling to succeed in their mission. We can assume that it starts to effect.

Swedish school has sometimes been described as a supertank whose direction of travel takes years to turn, no matter what reforms are being launched. So maybe it’s, but just like with all other policy areas, it’s true that either the changes work or they do not.

And God should know that Swedish school needed a transformation. It is now five years since Pisa, the OECD study that measures knowledge of reading comprehension, mathematics and science, crushed the picture of Swedish schooling. The international knowledge survey showed that Swedish 15-year-olds performed below the average.

Crisis panic horror and since then we have had to change both government and education minister.

Are all gold and green forests now? Not then. Background still plays too much importance for schooling. Immigrant pupils are seldom high school-qualified than Swedish-born. And among those with highly educated parents, 93.5 percent passed the eligibility requirements. Among students whose parents only went to high school were the proportion of 78.1 percent.