Education ranking of Baden-Württemberg without improvement – dpa

ANDIn terms of education, Baden-Württemberg remains average according to research. In an assessment commissioned by the business-related Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft, the Southwest again came sixth compared to other federal states. The state has strengths in the field of dual education, in digitization and with a high percentage of university graduates in the fields of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (MINT). Weaknesses were observed in the area of ​​foreign language teaching in vocational schools and in a small percentage of children attending all-day care facilities.

According to the study, Saxony has the best education system for students. Behind them are Bavaria and Thuringia in second and third places. The two-city state of Bremen lies at the rear of North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony-Anhalt. The study assesses the extent to which the federal state reduces educational poverty, contributes to the acquisition of skilled workers, and supports growth.

According to the authors, comparative work should be carried out in all schools in order to systematically determine the degree of loss of education during the corona pandemic. In addition, funding infrastructure should be expanded and more teachers trained in STEM subjects.

Strengths of Baden-Württemberg

The country is doing well when it comes to vocational training. The highest success rate in dual training final examinations of all countries, amounting to 93.6 percent, was achieved in 2020. In addition, the under-served rate was 6.8 percent, which is less than the national average.

Digitization is also viewed positively. Southwest achieved the best value of any country, according to the authors, with 74 digitization patents in 2018 for 100,000 employees. 45.4 new corporate IT training areas per 100,000 inhabitants is higher than the national average (43.6). Digital media is also used relatively often in school lessons.


The need for improvement is seen primarily in internationalization and funding infrastructure. According to the survey, the percentage of students of vocational schools who learned foreign languages ​​in 2020 was the second lowest and amounted to 20.8%. The percentage of primary school students with foreign language lessons, at 48.8%, is also below the national average of 60.9%. At the same time, the percentage of foreign students, amounting to 9.9%, is also lower than the national average of 11.4%.

The proportion of children aged three to six in full-day care was 24.3 percent in 2021, the lowest figure in Germany. The state also averaged a below-average rate of 41.3 percent in 2020 for full-day elementary school students.


Employers in the metal and electricity industries in Baden-Württemberg demanded a holistic concept in order not to lose touch with future problems. Regarding digitization, the association complained of shortcomings, especially in the early stages of digital education. The last place in students’ computer skills is particularly striking.

Education Minister Theresia Schopper (Greens) highlighted the results in vocational education. This can make everyone involved proud. Problems with all-day care are well known. “Educational opportunities and equality are very important issues for us that we are working on.”

In the subject of foreign language teaching, the politician pointed out that the start from grade 1 to grade 3 was deliberately shifted in order to, inter alia, recruit additional German and mathematics teachers.

The education monitor created by the German Institute of Economics (IW) has been collected annually since 2004. The New Social Market Economy initiative is defined as a non-party alliance of politics, business and science. It is funded by the employers’ unions of the metal and electrical industries.

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