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PISA in Focus

PISA in Focus is a series of monthly education policy-oriented notes designed to describe a PISA topic in a concise, user-friendly way.

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What Makes Urban Schools Different?

  • In most countries and economies, students who attend schools in urban areas tend to perform at higher levels than other students.
  • Socio-economic status explains only part of the performance difference between students who attend urban schools and other students.
  • Schools in urban settings are larger, tend to benefit from better educational resources, and often enjoy greater autonomy in how they can allocate those resources.

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