No More Failures

Ten Steps to Equity in Education

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No More Failures challenges the assumption that there will always be failures and dropouts, those who can’t or won’t make it in school. In fact, initiatives in many countries demonstrate that it is possible to successfully tackle school failure and dropout rates – and to reduce the huge social cost of adults without basic skills. This book offers a valuable comparative perspective on how different countries have handled equity in education. Among the issues it explores are tracking, streaming and academic selection;  school choice; secondary education structures and second chance programmes; grade repetition; links between school and home; early childhood education; resource allocation; targets for equity; and the special needs of migrants and minorities. The book identifies three key areas for delivering equity in education (the design of education systems, classroom practices and resourcing) and proposes ten concrete policy measures, backed by evidence, on how to reduce school failure and dropout rates.

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A Look at Inequities in Education

This chapter summarises selected quantitative evidence of equity in education and lays the groundwork for the policy chapters that follow. It starts by looking at the historical expansion of education and whether it has helped equity, noting the gains by women and the more disappointing evidence on other fronts. It then examines how inequalities change and develop over the lifecycle, the different phases of education and the position of vulnerable groups including migrants and dropouts. Expanding on the previous chapter, it explores how fairness and inclusion are intertwined, as it is often the disadvantaged who are underperforming, and how inequities may be perpetuated by features of the education system.

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