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Where Immigrant Students Succeed

A Comparative Review of Performance and Engagement in PISA 2003

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Drawing on data from the OECD’s Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA), this report examines the performance of students with immigrant backgrounds and compares it to that of their native counterparts. As well as providing information on countries’ approaches to the integration of immigrants, it looks at other factors that could influence immigrant students’ performance – such as their attitudes to school, their motivation and learning strategies as well as their social background and the language spoken at home – giving valuable implications for educational policy.

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Background Characteristics, Mathematics Performance and Learning Environments of Immigrant Students

Chapter 2 provided a detailed description of immigrant student performance within the case countries. The results indicate that in most countries first-generation students and secondgeneration students tend to lag behind their native peers. The literature suggests a variety of factors that may explain immigrant students’ lower performance.

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