Europe Study: Evaluation of Berlin’s Europe School (SESB)
Berlin’s Europe School
The 28 locations of Berlin’s Europe School
(SESB) provide bilingual instruction for pupils
with different first languages. Each school
focuses on one of the nine non-German
languages offered (English, French, Greek,
Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish).
Each class is supposed to have 50 % of children with German
as their first language, and 50 % of children with a non-
German first language. Both languages are equally used
as the language of instruction, so that approximately half
the subjects are taught in German and the other half is
taught in the non-German language. The SESB strives for
high bilingual language skills of those pupils while also
strengthening their intercultural competence. However,
a systematic scientific evaluation of this school concept
has not been carried out to date.
Objectives of the EUROPE study
As part of the EUROPE study, starting in 2014, the linguistic,
subject-related and intercultural competence of SESB pupils
will be compared to those of conventionally taught pupils.
Furthermore, the study seeks to review the implementation
of the SESB concept regarding the composition of the student
body and the use of teachers, accompanied by a survey of
A particular advantage of the EUROPE study is the assessment
of competence in the non-German languages based on
tests of the international student assessments TIMSS, PIRLS
and PISA. This approach makes it possible to compare the
performances of the SESB pupils with those pupils from countries
where these languages are actually spoken.
Design of the study
In 2014, SESB pupils from grades 4, 6 and 9 were included in
the study, with an additional comparison group for grade 4.
In 2014 a total of 769 SESB pupils in grade 4, 731 pupils from
comparison schools, and 599 SESB pupils in grade 6 took
part in the study. Pupils in grade 4 were re-examined in grade
5 in year 2015. In addition to the student survey, parent and
teacher surveys also took place. Nearly two thirds of parents
surveyed at each grade level have participated in the study so
Education, Science and Research, has commissioned
Prof. Dr. J. Baumert, Max-Planck Institute for Human
Development (MPIB) in Berlin and Prof. Dr. J. Möller,
Department of Psychology at the Kiel University (CAU),
with the scientific support and evaluation of Berlin’s
Europe School (SESB).
Scientific cooperation partners include Prof. Dr. Olaf
Köller of the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics
Education (IPN) at Kiel University and Prof. Dr.
Michael Becker of the Mercator Institute for Language
Training and German as a Second Language at the
University of Cologne. The IEA Data Processing and
Research Center (DPC) in Hamburg was commissioned
with implementing a portion of the study.