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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Resources and Outcomes

This chapter looks at the way in which resources are distributed in educational systems and how outcome measures are used to direct the system; both have profound implications for equity. It examines the vertical allocation of resources between different educational levels, and argues that early childhood education and care and basic education are equity priorities. It looks at horizontal allocation across institutions and regions, explores the merits of different approaches to targeting resources for schools and individuals who need additional help, and examines ways of compensating for regional inequalities. The chapter then examines two key ways in which outcome measures can be used for policy purposes. It examines the use of numerically defined policy targets for equity, discussing their potential pitfalls as well as their merits. It also explores the issue of schools testing, its implications for equity, pros and cons of publication at school level and support measures necessary for schools identified as underperforming.

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