Where did equity in education improve over the past decade?

published 16 February 2017 updated 16 February 2017

The persistence of social inequities in education – the fact that children of wealthy and highly educated parents tend to do better in school than children from less privileged families – is often seen as a difficult-to-reverse feature of education systems. Yet countries across the world share the goal of minimising any adverse impact of students’ socio-economic status on their performance in school and over the past decade, equity improved modestly in many PISA-participating countries and economies. This new issue of PISA in Focus analyses where and how.

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