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National Educational Standards

Brief profile of the German National Educational Standards

From the results of the TIMS, PISA and IGLU surveys, it was evident that the input control that is usually preferred in Germany alone does not lead to desired results in the educational system.
Requirements for teaching and learning in the school are formulated in the National Educational Standards. The standards determine goals for the pedagogical work, expressed as required learning results for students. They

  • deal with the basic principles of each subject,
  • describe the subject-related competencies including the underlying knowledge, which the students should achieve at specific intervals in the course of their education,
  • aim at systematic and interlinked learning and follow the principle of acquiring cumulative competencies,
  • describe required performances with regard to the range of requirements,
  • relate to the core area of each subject and give the schools scope for designing their pedagogical curriculum,
  • Exhibit an average level of requirement (regulation standards),
  • illustrate examples.

Examining the standards

In Germany, the adherence to standards should be examined at a national level as well as the international level. In June 2004, all the Federal states together established the "Institute for educational progress- a national academic institution at the Humboldt University in Berlin" (IQB) for this purpose.

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