Practical organization (first-year primary school survey)

First-year primary school survey

The exercises were performed in the classroom during the last term of the school year, between April and June 2018.
The parents of the Elfe children, who were generally in their first year of primary school, were asked whether they agreed with this school survey in principle and whether they wished their child’s teacher to be involved.

Those teachers who were requested to do so by the parents filled in a mini-questionnaire about the Elfe child in their class and administered exercises to test his or her learning in French and mathematics. To avoid singling out individual children, while at the same time keeping things simple for the teacher, these exercises were also be performed by three other randomly selected children.

The survey will be conducted in accordance with the formalities laid down in French data protection legislation.
The information supplied to the scientific team by the teachers will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

How did the teachers receive the survey material?

The survey documents were communicated to the teachers by the families and by the National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED). More specifically, parents who agreed to their child doing these exercises handed the teacher an envelope containing material that supplemented material sent directly to the school.

When exactly did the children do the exercises?

The four participants performed the exercises during school time, whenever the teacher felt it fitted in best with the life of the class. As the teacher had to supervise the four pupils during the test, the rest of the class had to be given another activity, so that they would not disturb each other. The exercises could be performed over several days, in any week in the last term of the 2017‑2018 school year.