Hungarian Educational Longitudinal Program (HELP)

Funded by HEFOP-2004-3.1.1, the research group pioneered in launching a longitudinal national large-scale assessment program with primary school students in Hungary. The aim of the program is to outline the developmental processes of some important skills, analyze the factors influencing students’ performance, mapping out the reasons for students’ failures and analyze the predictive value of tests.

The first data collection started in autumn 2003 with 1st, 5th and 9th graders. By the end of the first 4-year period we collected data that covers 12 years of public education. The data allows us to characterize the changes and developmental tendencies occurring in the three phases of public education: lower primary school years, higher primary school years and secondary school. The eldest sample already left the compulsory education, however, the assessment of the two younger samples continues.

The second phase of the data collection was launched in autumn 2007 with 1st graders. The dataset enables us to characterize the impact of the educational and social changes that occurred during the 4-year period elapsed between the two studies. >> Further information


Csapó Benő (2007): Hosszmetszeti felmérések iskolai kontextusban – az első átfogó magyar iskolai longitudinális kutatási program elméleti és módszertani keretei. Magyar Pedagógia107. 4. sz. 321-355.

Csapó, B. (2010): Research on development in educational contexts: The Hungarian Educational Longitudinal Program. Keynote Address. Children and Youth in Changing Societies. 3rd International Conference. Thessaloniki, Greece, December 2-4, 2010. 170.


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