ÜGK / COFO / VECOF 2017: Competencies of Swiss pupils in languages

Resource Type
  • Nidegger, Christian
Publication Date
  • FORS - Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences
  • Abstract

    On 21 May 2006, Swiss citizens adopted the revised education articles of the Federal Constitution by a large majority. Since then, the cantons have been obliged to harmonize key parameters of compulsory education at the national level. These include the age when starting school, compulsory schooling, the duration and objectives of educational levels, and the transitions between educational levels (Article 62(4) of the Federal Constitution). In June 2011, for the first time, the 26 cantons approved national educational objectives for four subject areas and thereby created an important basis for the implementation of the constitutional mandate. These educational objectives define the basic competencies which pupils should acquire in the language of instruction, in a second national language and in English, in mathematics, as well as in natural sciences at defined school levels. At the starting point of harmonization in 2017, the first nationwide tests were carried out in the framework of the review of the achievement of basic competencies to determine the extent to which Swiss pupils in the respective cantons had already achieved parts of these basic competencies in the language of instruction (reading and spelling) and in the first foreign language (reading and listening comprehension) at the end of primary school. On the one hand, the results were supposed to show the degree of similarity between the cantons at the beginning of the harmonization process and the degree to which the basic competencies were achieved in the assessed areas. On the other hand, this was the first time that such comprehensive data have been collected, which can be used for national educational monitoring and cantonal processes of educational quality development. To this end, the standardized performance tests were supplemented by a questionnaire on individual, school, and family characteristics, which represent key indicators for explaining differences in performance levels. All 26 cantons participated with a representative sample. Schools and pupils were selected according to a two-stage sampling procedure. A total of 20,177 pupils took part, covering the whole of Switzerland. The tests and surveys took place between April 24 and June 2, 2017. They were administered by trained test managers and carried out according to a standardized procedure on tablets, which were brought to schools by trained test managers. The results were published in May 2019.
Geographic Coverage
  • Switzerland (CH)
  • Switzerland
Sampled Universe
Swiss pupils (HarmoS8 level)
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based
  • Measurements and tests
The dataset includes a raw datafile and 20 imputed datafiles, corresponding to 20 PVs of the student test achievement. Each dataset contains one set of imputed values of all questionnaire variables and one corresponding PV of student achievement. There are no missings anymore except in case some items were not administrated to some groups of students.
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Update Metadata: 2019-05-23 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-05-23