The national education reports are jointly commissioned by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and collaboratively written by an authoring group that is also jointly accountable.
The members of the authoring group hold responsible functions in the following research institutions and statistical offices:
- German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)
- German Youth Institute (DJI)
- German Center for University and Science research (DZHW)
- Sociological Research Institute at the University of Göttingen (SOFI)
The chief responsibility lies with the DIPF.