Additional Study Baden-Wuerttemberg (BW)

Version 3.0.0


Date of Release

  • 2015-03-02

Principal Investigator

Hans-Günther Roßbach, Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, Bamberg (Germany)


If you publish with NEPS data, it is mandatory to quote the following reference:

Blossfeld, H.-P., Roßbach, H.-G., & von Maurice, J. (Eds.). (2011). Education as a lifelong process: The German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) [Special Issue]. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, 14. (Full text)

In addition, publications using data from this release must include the following acknowledgement:

This paper uses data from the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): Additional Study Baden-Wuerttemberg, doi:10.5157/NEPS:BW:3.0.0. From 2008 to 2013, NEPS data were collected as part of the Framework Programme for the Promotion of Empirical Educational Research funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). As of 2014, the NEPS survey is carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) at the University of Bamberg in cooperation with a nationwide network.

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Für alle Publikationen mit NEPS-Daten ist es verpflichtend, folgende Referenz zu zitieren:

Blossfeld, H.-P., H.-G. Roßbach und J. von Maurice (Hrsg.) (2011). Education as a Lifelong Process – The German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft: Sonderheft 14. (Volltext)

Zusätzlich müssen alle Publikationen den folgenden Hinweis auf den jeweiligen Scientific-Use-File, aus dem die verwendeten NEPS-Daten stammen, enthalten:

Diese Arbeit nutzt Daten des Nationalen Bildungspanels (NEPS) Zusatzstudie Baden-Württemberg, doi:10.5157/NEPS:BW:3.0.0. Die Daten des NEPS wurden von 2008 bis 2013 als Teil des Rahmenprogramms zur Förderung der empirischen Bildungsforschung erhoben, welches vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) finanziert wurde. Seit 2014 wird NEPS vom Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsverläufe e.V. (LIfBi) an der Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg in Kooperation mit einem deutschlandweiten Netzwerk weitergeführt.


In many Länder of the German Federal Republic, changes concerning the structure and contents of the Gymnasiale Oberstufe (final years in upper secondary education qualifying for university education) are taking place. For example, the time spent in Gymnasium (secondary school qualifying for university education) will be cut from 9 years (G9) down to 8 years (G8). The reduction from 9 to 8 years combined with a reorientation of the study schedule was also implemented in Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2004. This supplementary study of the NEPS aims to study particularly those changes and to record its effects. The plan is to examine the impact of the reduced 8 years of Gymnasium time on the students’ performance level and motivation. The last cohort of students entered the curriculum-oriented (i.e., input-oriented) G9 in fall 2003, whereas one year later, in fall 2004, the first cohort of students entered the outcome-oriented G8, which focuses on reaching educational standards (Bildungstandards). These two year groups will take their Abitur exam in 2012 and are attending the same course level (during the last two school years). The G8 reform study in Baden-Wuerttemberg consists of three cross-sections, that means, it is not a panel survey. During the three survey waves, the graduating classes are tested and questioned:

  • (1) Abitur year 2010/11, in which almost all students attended school for 13 years. (With the exception of 15 % of the students who could voluntarily choose a shorter time in secondary school before the official implementation of G8).
  • (2) Abitur year 2011/12, in which G8 as well as G9 students graduate (Doppeljahrgang)
  • (3) Abitur year 2012/13, which is the first group of students who take their Abitur examination after 12 years of school.
In addition to this survey, the students will also undergo competence tests in English, mathematics, biology, and physics. Tests, specifically developed for the NEPS, are used for measuring cognitive abilities. Furthermore, at the end of the school year the schools will be asked to provide the grades of the course level as well as the Abitur examination results. Supplementary to surveys and tests for students, the heads of the department of mathematics, German, and English, as well as the adminstrative staff are interviewed to receive information about learning environment and structural conditions



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Additional Study Baden-Wuerttemberg


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