At the end of the school year in the initial phase of school education, all students receive a certificate with an assessment of their learning, performance and competence development. This assessment can be in the form of a free text or an indicator-oriented certificate.
1st and 2nd grade
The list in table form for all subjects in grades 1 and 2 supplements or replaces the conventional text of a verbal assessment. The performance assessment follows a competence-oriented approach and maps essential learning and development goals. The assessment is made with regard to the framework curriculum, the study of the starting point of learning (LauBe) of the initial phase of school education and the learning documentation for mathematics and language.
3rd to 6th grades
In grades 3 to 6, certificates are issued at the end of each school term. In grades 3 and 4, the majority of the class parents’ assembly can decide that a verbal assessment should continue to be given instead of grades. In grades 5 and 6, only grade certificates are issued.
In mixed-aged classes, in which children from the initial phase of school education (1st and 2nd grade) study together with children from 3rd grade, all children receive the same type of certificate: a verbal assessment, which can also be given in the form of an indicator-based certificate.
In all Berlin primary schools – as in all federal states – at the end of the 3rd grade, comparative assessments are taken in German and mathematics.
These comparative assessments show the performance development of the individual students. But the performance of the entire class is also compared within the school and also with the schools in the catchment area. The comparative work is based on the binding nationwide educational standards for the primary school sector.