Standards for Higher Secondary Education for Computer Science in Germany

  • Arno Pasternak
  • Lutz Hellmig
  • Gerhard Röhner
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11169)


In this paper we will report on the Standards for Higher Secondary Education for Computer Science in Germany. After the first results of the PISA-studies in Germany the administration in the central and the federal states switched standards and curricula from setting teaching aims and cognitive learning objectives to describing students’ learning outcome with practices.

On the central level this work was only done for the major subjects like Mathematics, Mother Tongue, Foreign Language and Natural Science. This is a disadvantage for the other subjects in school.

Therefore the German CS society—Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI)—installed a working group to develop standards for higher secondary education in 2013. By the end of 2015 this group finished the task and in January 2016 the board of the GI published this academic work as the official standards in Germany for higher secondary CS education [2].

It is to be hoped that these standards will have a positive impact on the standardisation of computer science teaching in the various German federal states, just as the standards for lower secondary education had almost 10 years earlier.


Higher secondary computer science education Education standards CS in Germany 



In Germany standards were usually developed in working groups installed by administration organizations without a considerable discussion with teachers or other people. These standards for CS were developed without involving any administration structure. The goal was to involve many teachers in this process. Experts were invited by the working group to discuss part of these standards. In September 2015 these standards were reviewed on the German conference INFOS (Informatik und Schule). Additionally an online survey was conducted in November 2015. Thanks to all the people involved in this process.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fritz-Steinhoff-Schule HagenTechnische Universität DortmundDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Universität RostockRostockGermany
  3. 3.Lichtenberg-Schule Darmstadt, Studienseminar DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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