“The state-level agreement is a long overdue step towards a more uniform and comparable education policy in Germany. The comparability of educational outcomes is crucial in order to fully exploit the advantages of a federally organised education system and to foster competition for innovative approaches to knowledge and skills transfer. Our survey further reveals that although state politicians want public school policy to continue to be financed mainly by the federal states, they also would like the federal government to play a greater role in education in the future. However, important questions regarding how the new agreement will be implemented and whether all of its goals are binding still remain unanswered. Our survey results show that there is broad support among the interviewed politicians to improve comparability, which can be used to develop cutting-edge approaches for greater transparency,” says Sebastian Blesse, a researcher in the ZEW “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” Department and co-author of the survey.