The federal state of Berlin initiated an evaluation of the Federal European School in Berlin (SESB). As part of the EUROPE study, from 2014 to 2017, the linguistic, subject-related and intercultural competence of SESB pupils were compared to those of conventionally taught pupils.
Furthermore, the study seeked to review the implementation of the SESB concept regarding the composition of the student body and the use of teachers, accompanied by a survey of parents.
A particular advantage of the EUROPE study was the assessment of competence in the non-German languages based on tests of the international student assessments TIMSS, PIRLS and PISA. This approach made it possible to compare the performances of the SESB pupils with those pupils from countries where these languages are actually spoken.