Bildungsbericht: The National Education Report
Educational research in and for Luxembourg
The Bildungsbericht is an extensive study of education in Luxembourg institutions. The education system from preschool to university is examined closely using a multimethod approach. Two of the main focuses of the Bildungsbericht are social inequalities and the challenges associated with plurilingualism in Luxembourg – two factors that are closely intertwined and influence each other when it comes to educational success or failure.
The report provides comprehensive insights and its aim is to inform debate and identify areas of action in education and schooling. Taking into account the concept of lifelong learning, the report considers all sectors of the education system.
A long-term mission
Since 2015, the Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing (LUCET) has hosted, edited, coordinated and developed the Bildungsbericht series of publications.
The first ever Bildungsbericht arose from a joint effort of Luxembourg-based researchers in the field of education. The report featured quantitative as well as qualitative research, and the (inter)disciplinary perspectives on education ranged from pedagogy, didactics and linguistics to psychology, psychometrics and sociology. A year after the publication of this first edition, a decision was made to institutionalise and legally consolidate the national education report as an integrative, research-based, periodic publication. The Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing (LUCET) was selected to ensure long-term continuity.
Knowledge transfer into society
The Bildungsbericht does not aim to give direct recommendations for political means but the findings can – and should – nevertheless help to identify the areas and the problems that need to be tackled in future. The explicit intention is for the Bildungsbericht to be a report for the general public and target groups range from the interested public, stakeholders in the field of education (e.g. teachers, headteachers, parents), to the Ministry and the press.
So far, the national education report has been very positively received within Luxembourgish society and has already helped to promote informed debate on educational topics in politics and society as a whole.