02 Sep ÉpStan in times of Covid-19
The previous school year 2019/2020 was characterised by exceptional circumstances due to the corona pandemic and the associated security measures. Regarding measures taken at school (organisation of “home-schooling”, teacher and classmate contact via digital media, …) it is essential to determine scientifically, within the framework of the national education monitoring “Épreuves Standardisées” (ÉpStan), to what extent the educational goals of the previous learning cycle were achieved or to what extent context-related learning deficits have arisen.
The challenges of home-schooling include, above all, self-organised learning in the time without scheduled lessons, as well as sufficient access to digital media and assistance. Initial findings of the School Barometer in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have shown that about one third of pupils were not or only partially accessible during school closure. Moreover, pupils spent an average of almost 18 hours a week on learning, which is significantly less than during regular school. Further, these findings suggest that, above all, socially and culturally disadvantaged pupils risk developing learning deficits and that the already existing social inequality increases during the time off school. Further literature can be found on the homepage of the School Barometer (http://www.bildungsmanagement.net/Schulbarometer/medien/) and in the following article by Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller, psychologist and managing director of the Institute for Science Education (Instituts für die Pädagogik der Naturwissenschaften, IPN) in Kiel (https://www.faz.net/aktuell/karriere-hochschule/klassenzimmer/corona-schulschliessungen-hinterlassen-unabsehbare-schaeden-16830570.html).
In order to be able to counteract negative learning trajectories by means of targeted, compensatory measures, it is essential to scientifically determine pupils’ initial learning situations at the beginning of the 2020/2021 school year. We therefore urge you to work through the “Épreuves Standardisées” (ÉpStan) in their entirety, if they can take place, because only then will we be able to provide meaningful feedback.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We thank you for your interest and remain with kind regards,
The ÉpStan team of the University of Luxembourg
Phone: 46 66 44 97 77