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Copy of The Austrian School System

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Manuela Petz

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The Austrian School System
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(=Primary School)
Secondary School
(= special school)
an example

Now it`s your turn:

What are the main differences to the Dutch school system?
Christmas 2 weeks

Semester break 1 week

Easter 10 days

Whitsunday 4 days

Summer July and August

Student free days 5 days
typical school day
in primary schools

Entrance: between 7:30 and 7:45

1. lesson: 8:00 - 8:50 Break: 5 minutes

2. lesson: 8:55 - 9:45 Break: 5 minutes

3. lesson: 9:50 - 10:40 Break: 15 minutes

4. lesson: 10:55 - 11:45 Break: 5 minutes

5. lesson: 11:50 - 12:40
school buildings
computer room

garden or schoolyard

sports hall



staff rooms (teachers, headmaster)

classrooms (class size: 25 pupils)

1.) The Austrian School System

2.) General facts

3.) Measuring and comparing students' progress

4.) PISA

5.) facts and figures (OECD)
! After primary school children attend either Gymnasium or Hauptschule !
Now it`s your turn:

How do you think about the separation after primary school?
Now it`s your turn:

Look at the syllabus - are there differences to the Dutch syllabus?
compulsory school:

School attendance is compulsory for all children who are permanent residents of Austria.

starting at the age of 6 years
9 school years
not part of the school system
in the past: voluntary
since 2010: compulsory for 1 year
4 years: between 10 and 14 years

designed to provide all pupils with a basic general education

its purpose: to prepare pupils for working life

special profile

levels (1-3): in German, Mathematics and English

3rd and 4th year: subject "careers guidance"
(= Regular
Secondary School)
(= Secondary
Academic School)
Model test

the goal:to provide a joint school for all 10- to 14-year olds

provide new learning culture based on individualization and inner differentiation

Teacher from AHS (= academic secondary school) and Hauptschule (= regular secondary school) work together
Model test New Middle School

Polytechnische Schule
(= Pre-vocational school)
14 /15 years old

after the eighth school year - only one year

students get prepared for the labor market

seven different subject areas

students have to select one of these


PISA 2006:
400 000 students from 57 countries

Key findings:

Science performance
Reading performance
Mathematics performance
The Programme for International Student Assessment

knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds
co-operation between
countries and economies

the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
learning and behavior problems
measuring and comparing
students' progress
Fachschulen (= VET school)
BHS (= VET College)

Higher Education
starting: age of 6
4 school years
comprehensive education
example of a primary school
pupils of all ages are taught together
alternative teaching (Freinet)
foreign language (English)
remedial lessons
4th form: choose between regular and academic secondary school
starting: age of 6
8 or 9 school years
different types
integrative class
integrative teachers deal with children with:
learning problems
social behavior problems (depression, ADHD, autism...)
linguistic problems
migration background
special gifts
lower level: 4 years
upper level: 4 years
final exam (Matura)
different types with special emphasis (music, arts, sports, languages, science,...)
Academic School
(= Regular Secondary School)
5 years
provides higher vocational education
different types:
fashion and design
social work
kindergarten pedagogics
VET schools = vocational education and training

1 to 4 years

8 school years
regular secondary schools: examination in German, English or mathematics - in the lowest level

theoretical and practical courses

final examination: certificate

continuation courses to pass the Matura: 3 years
The most important types of VET schools are:

industrial, trade and crafts colleges
●commercial college
●fashion school
●colleges for hotel management, tourism, catering and economics
college for social workers and social services
schools for health and nursing services
University of applied science (Fachhochschule)
Post-Secondary Colleges (pedagogical college, social college,...)
tuition fees and entrance examination only at some universities
general facts

usual performance measurement - marks:

1 = sehr gut
2 = gut
3 = befriedigend
4 = genügend
5 = nicht genügend

alternative performance measurements

After each term students get a certificate.

one or two "nicht genügend"
after summer holiday.
educational costs spending on 1 student: 9.000 EUR
above the OECD average (6.500 EUR)

people finishing secondary level: 63%
above the OECD average (44%)

people finishing tertiary level: 19%
under the OECD average (30%)

primary school: 12,6 students/ teacher
secondary school: 9,9 students/ teacher
under the OECD average (16/ 13,5)

primary school: minimum 1.957 EUR (pre-tax)
secondary school: minimum 2.046 EUR (pre-tax)
under the OECD average (1.880 EUR/ 2.000 EUR)
Facts and Figures (OECD 2011)
= very good
= good
= satisfactory
= adequate
= insufficient = failed
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