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Education data

Working group during the 5th appointment period (2014–2017)

The working group Education Data analysed the legal and political issues regarding education data. This included addressing the availability and provision of Schülerkerndatensätze, datasets on students on the level of the Länder. Another issue is the provision of state-level identifiers (Bundesland-Kennungen) in large datasets. By bringing together central strategic stakeholders, the working group aimed at opening up a debate and initiating improvements for the researchers in this field.

RatSWD activities on education data in the 5th appointment period:

May 2016
Press release in response to the expert report “More Transparency in Educational Policy” published by the academic advisory council of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, recommending systematic provision of robust data

as of Aug 2016
Exchange with stakeholders from the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories on the further development of the survey structure of the National Educational Panel with the aim of making the surveys representative on the state level

Feb 2017
Forum “Secondary analysis of education data” at the 7th Conference for Social and Economic Data (7|KSWD)

Policy advising on data access and the further development of education data

Working group members


  • Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans
    German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW), member of the German Data Forum
  • Prof. Dr. Kai Maaz
    Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main and German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF), member of the German Data Forum


  • Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt
    University of Bamberg, member of the German Data Forum
  • Prof. Dr. Beatrice Rammstedt
    University of Mannheim and GESIS – Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences, member of the German Data Forum
  • Prof. Regina T. Riphahn, PhD.
    Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, chair of German Data Forum
  • Prof. Dr. Frank Michael Spinath
    Saarland University, member of the German Data Forum