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National Assessment Study / language skills 2008/2009 (IQB-LV 2008-9)

Research Question

The IQB-Ländervergleich 2008/2009 (National Assessment Study 2008/2009) assessed the language skills of 9th grade students from different school types, covering the subjects German, English, and French.

Test Language


Test Period

2008 (French) and 2009 (German and English)

Test Area and International Link

National / PISA 2009 (German und Englisch only)

Target Persons

Students in grade 9 in secondary schools (vocational track [Hauptschule], intermediate track [Realschule] and academic track [Gymnasium] secondary school, comprehensive school [Integrierte Gesamtschule], school with several educational tracks [Schulen mit mehreren Bildungsgängen], no special educational schools and Waldorf schools)

Context Persons

German, English and French teachers of the selected student

Population / Sample

Students in grade 9 in secondary schools (due to large sampling errors in PISA-E 2006 oversampling of some school tracks in some federal states stratification for Länder and educational tracks, following weighting)

Sample Size

n= circa 39,000 target persons

Survey Procedure and Instruments

Competence tests in German - listening comprehension, reading comprehension and spelling in German, as well as in the domains of listening comprehension and reading comprehension in the students' first foreign language (English or French, respectively) and questionnaires for students and teachers for gathering data on students’ socio-economic, ethnic and familial background.

Link to the Detailed Description of the Study

Persistent Identifier

DOI: 10.5159/IQB_LV_2008_v1

Data Accessible via Research Data Centre

To the Study Documentation at the FDZ at the IQB:

Information about the user conditions can be found here:


Monika Lacher
FDZ Secretary
Phone: +49 30 / 20 93 - 465 52
Email: fdz[at]

Selection of Publications using the Data

Rupp, A. A., Vock, M., Harsch, C. & Köller, O. (2008). Developing standards-based assessment tasks for English as a first foreign language – Context, processes, and outcomes in Germany. Münster: Waxmann.

Harsch, C., Pant, H. A. & Köller, O. (2010). Calibrating standards-based assessment tasks for English as a first foreign language. Standard-setting procedures in Germany. Münster: Waxmann.

Related Data

Programme for International Student Assessment 2009 (PISA 2009)
National Assessment Study in Primary Schools 2011 (IQB-LV 2011)
National Assessment Study in Mathematics and Science 2012 (IQB-LV 2012)

Research Area(s)