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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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Tackling system level policies that hinder equity in education

This chapter looks at how to eliminate system level obstacles to equity. Education systems and the pathways through them need to be designed in a way that both enhances equity and raises students’ success, yet a wide set of policies which hinder equity are still common in many OECD countries. This chapter focuses on how to redress the negative impact of five system level policies that hinder equity by proposing alternative policy approaches to improve equity and performance.

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