Organizational Reform Study in Thuringia (TH)



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Date of Release

  • 2014-12-03


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.

Principal Investigator

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


Researchers working with data from the National Educational Panel Study are obliged to indicate the use of the data in their publications by citing the data version (DOI) as follows:

NEPS Network. (2014). National Educational Panel Study, Scientific Use File of Additional Study Thuringia. Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), Bamberg.

In addition, the NEPS study is to be referred to at an appropriate place and the reference article to be listed in the bibliography:

This paper uses data from the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS; see Blossfeld & Roßbach, 2019). The NEPS is carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi, Germany) in cooperation with a nationwide network.

Blossfeld, H.-P. & Roßbach, H.-G. (Eds.). (2019). Education as a lifelong process: The German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). Edition ZfE (2nd ed.). Springer VS.

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Data Manual (more) PDF-en
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Study Overview (more) PDF-de PDF-en
Survey Instruments (more) ZIP
Information on Competence Tests (more) ZIP
Semantic Data Structure File (more) ZIP
Codebook (more) PDF-de PDF-en
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Samples, Weights, Nonresponse (more) PDF-en
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Field Reports (more) ZIP

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