The net result? They reckoned Finnish fifteen-year-olds were the best educated in the OECD.
Our education minister's response to this funky notion of reducing the amount of assessment and general government interference in schools?
"Um, yes...well, we can learn from them but they are also learning from us (What? Other than how not to run an education system)...blah, blah...we're looking at having Scottish pupils doing Standard Grade at the end of third year, rather than fourth".
In other words, our executive's response to the news that less formative assessment is good for attainment is...more assessment. Brilliant. Just brilliant, Mr. Peacock...