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Balancing School Choice and Equity

An International Perspective Based on Pisa

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Many countries are struggling to reconcile greater flexibility in school choice with the need to ensure quality, equity and coherence in their school systems. This report provides an international perspective on issues related to school choice, especially how certain aspects of school-choice policies may be associated with sorting students into different schools. A key question fuelling the school-choice debate is whether greater competition among schools results in more sorting of students by ability or socio-economic status. At the macro level, school segregation can deprive children of opportunities to learn, play and communicate with other children from different social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, which can, in turn, threaten social cohesion. The report draws a comprehensive picture of school segregation, using a variety of indicators in order to account for the diversity of the processes by which students are allocated to schools.

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School choice, student sorting and equity

This chapter gives a general introduction to the various types of school choice programmes. It discusses the reasons these programmes may affect the composition of schools – notably the social diversity within schools, and why that may matter for both the performance and the equity of education systems.

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