Historical school reports

Izvestja or yearly reports were school publications about annual achievements of students; that originates in the 18th century. The predecessor of Izvestja were Classifikationen and Juventus that up until the year 1849 published the names of the pupils, according to their general success and success by subjects. Juventus was published by secondary schools between the year 1770 and 1849, it published the names of their pupils and classified them according to their classes and success.  Apart from the names of the pupils, they also provided information on their social origin.  Elementary schools published class reports named Classifikationen. 

After adoption of the gymnasium draft in 1849, secondary schools stopped publishing Juventuses, as the draft required the printing of the Programme for grammar and secondary schools. The draft also determined division of subjects in the new printed school curricula, later entitled Jahresberichte, or Annual Reports or Izvestja. High schools Izvestja (Annual Reports) were published until 1941 with a brief interruption between the years 1918 and 1929. The reports were not published during the Second World War. After 1945, the reports were not necessary by law so only a few secondary schools continued to publish them. However, they were not published on a regular basis, usually for several years together, or on anniversaries (in the form of a jubilee anthology).

Just as secondary and grammar schools did, elementary schools also published annual reports, but since it was not obligatory by law, they were less numerous and more irregular. Their beginning originates in the year 1850, but most schools started publishing them in the year 1870 after the adoption of the General Elementary Act of 1869.  After 1918, annual reports for all types of schools began to be published in a new form – Slovenian has become the official language, and without any scientific discussions. 

The content of the annual reports is varied. Until 1900, an important part of the reports were professional and pedagogical discussions of well-known pedagogues, mathematicians, historians and others whose articles were often used as teaching support in classes.

Summarized from: Šolska letna poročila – Izvestja

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