Some federal states cannot wait for the introduction of national standards: Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein want to establish similar Abitur tasks in German, English and mathematics already in 2014.
However, even after the reform, it is hardly possible to check whether all schools actually implement the standards, as no comparative essays are written apart from the Abitur exam at the end of the school career. When in doubt, gaps will only become apparent when it is too late. Experts also complain about another shortcoming: no one trains teachers to teach the standards. Especially for older teachers who were trained according to other criteria, additional training in this area would be extremely important. However, they are very expensive, so it is unlikely that they can be configured across the board. The concept of national standards is not yet fully developed, and this form of a high school diploma cannot be described as really central in Germany., since the inclusion of learning standards is not mandatory. Since the introduction won’t take place officially until 2017, there will certainly be a lot more to do by then.What do you think of the core standards? Do you think the Abitur will be fairer in general? Not only the central high school diploma, but also the shortening of school time to 12 school years causes problems for many high school students. Find out more here and share your thoughts on the G8 Abitur!
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