Equity and Quality in Education

Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools

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Across OECD countries, almost one in every five students does not reach a basic minimum level of skills. In addition, students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds are twice as likely to be low performers. Lack of fairness and inclusion can lead to school failure and this means that one in every five young adults on average drop out before completing upper secondary education.

Reducing school failure pays off for both society and individuals. The highest performing education systems across OECD countries combine quality with equity. This report presents policy recommendations for education systems to help all children succeed in their schooling.

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Investing in equity in education pays off

This chapter focuses on why improving equity in education and preventing school failure is cost-beneficial, even more in the context of the current economic crisis. Inequitable education policies and practices have a negative impact on individuals and also limit economic and social development. Often, inequities hamper the educational achievement of specific population groups such as students from lower socio-economic backgrounds or migrant students, and the crisis may have worsened this situation.

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