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Research Data Center at the German Institute for Educational Progress (IQB)

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Michel Knigge
Institute for Educational Progress (IQB)

After decades of abstinence Germany resumed to participate in international empirical educational large scale assessment studies like TIMSS, PISA and PIRLS in the 1990s. Because of the political explosiveness of the topic and lacking experience in data dissemination in Germany the generated data was regularly not accessible for researchers outside the national research groups. The recent development of research data centers (RDC) and the growing interest for educational research in Germany led 2007 to the foundation of the RDC at the Institute for Educational Progress in Berlin (German: IQB) to facilitate the data access to the available German educational assessment data. The aim of the presentation is to introduce the RDC at IQB. We provide cross-sectional and longitudinal educational assessment and survey data on students, schools and classes. Data on individual students include comprehensive information on actual competencies and personal and family background. School and class data is linkable to the student data. We offer different access methods which depend on the degree of data confidentiality: Anonymous made scientific use files are sent to the researcher. Confidential data can be analyzed via on-site use or remote execution. Access is free of charge and not restricted to German researchers.

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