How often are students tested in the U.S. and top performing countriesCompared to the top-performing countries, the United States stands out in that it requires far more external exams for all young students. While the United States requires all students in primary and middle schools, from grades 3 through 8, to take annual standardized exams in reading and mathematics, top-performing countries require such exams less than half as often, and Finland does not use them at all. Find out more about how these education systems use external exams more efficiently to monitor overall education progress and for individual student diagnostic purposes, in CIEB’s post “When High-Performing Countries Test Students“.