Centre for International Comparative Assessments of Education
The "Centre for international comparative assessments of education (ZIB)" bundles the realisation of PISA studies in Germany as well as the German research of international educational assessments.
As a permanent partner in the “Zentrum für internationale Bildungsvergleichsstudien” (Centre for international comparative assessments of education, ZIB), which was jointly established by the federal government (Bund) and the federal states (Länder), the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) will contribute its competence and experience in conducting large-scale, international comparative studies such as PISA. The federal government and the Länder have confirmed the central role DIPF plays in international comparative educational monitoring. Under the auspices of Professor Eckhard Klieme, DIPF already directed national operations in PISA 2009 and it is likewise represented in the international consortia for PISA 2009 and 2012 as well as being involved in other OECD studies. On behalf of the OECD, Professor Klieme currently chairs the international PISA questionnaire expert group. In the future, the “Zentrum für internationale Bildungsvergleichsstudien“ (ZIB) will co-ordinate activities concerning PISA in Germany, as well as German research in the field of international comparative assessments in education. Apart from the DIPF, the Technical University Munich (TUM) and the Leibniz-Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), Kiel are partners in this new institution.
Professor Manfred Prenzel (TUM) was elected chair by the first convention, and Professor Eckhard Klieme (DIPF) was elected deputy chairman. The legal body of the non-profit organisation is located in Munich, while research activities are decentralised.
The new centre will benefit from the competencies DIPF and the IPN (both Leibniz Institutes ) have acquired internationally as well as from the innovative work DIPF can deliver in the area of assessing competencies and in the field of technology-based assessment . The Centre for Technology-Based Assessment (TBA) at DIPF has already worked successfully for PISA 2009 and for PIAAC (PISA for adult learners), by developing innovative instruments for computer-based assessment.
Funded by the ZIB budget, DIPF has set up a new professorship for computer-aided procedures in instruction and the assessment of achievement.