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Organizational Reform Study in Thuringia (TH)



Date of Release

  • 2012-11-06

Principal Investigator

Hans-Günther Roßbach, National Educational Panel Study, 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 Thuringia, doi:10.5157/NEPS:TH:1.0.0. 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 Thüringen, doi:10.5157/NEPS:TH:1.0.0. 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.


Many Länder are currently reforming the curriculum and the organization of the Gymnasiale Oberstufe (final years in upper secondary education qualifying for university education). In general, these changes aim towards a stronger emphasis on general education and a restriction of the differentiation (consolidation) in the Leistungskurs-Grundkurs-System during the last two years in the Gymnasiale Oberstufe. The survey on the reform of the Leistungskurs-Grundkurs-System within the National Educational Panel Study is conducted for the graduation years 2010 (last year group which is not affected by the reform) and 2011 (first reformed year group) in Thuringia.

The organizational reform study of the Gymnasiale Oberstufe in Thuringia was conducted at 32 upper secondary level schools. All students of the 12th grade at the selected schools were tested and questioned only once (provided that consent was given). Therefore, this is not a panel survey.

To record possible effects of the reform, achievement tests (Fachleistungstests) in the fields of mathematics, physics, biology, and English, questions about the students’ social background, a test on cognitive abilities, and questionnaires were applied. In addition, the parents and subject teachers of the 12th graders were integrated into the survey.


Data and documents are released for academic research. This release is uniquely identified by one DOI. All data sets of this release are available in different languages (English, German), formats (Stata, SPSS), and degrees of anynomization (download, remote access, and on-site).

With special contributions by stage 5 and pillars 1-5.


Additional Study Thuringia

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Documentation (Version 1.0.0)

More Information

In addition to the overview on this site, we offer further information about the data from the Additional Study Thuringia:
  • Access to the newest data and successively updated documentation for the Additional Study Thuringia
  • Publications using data from the Additional Study Thuringia
  • NEPSplorer offering various additional information (e.g. overview of the surveys, questions and variables)
  • Publications to methodical and study related questions in Working Papers