Socio-economic disadvantage is a challenge to educators everywhere

poverty-schoolCompensating for students’ socio-economic disadvantage is one of the greatest challenges facing teachers,school leaders and education systems as a whole. However, data from PISA show that some countries are much better at this than others.

Consider the chart above. The horizontal axis shows the percentage of lower secondary teachers who work in schools where their principal reported that more than 30 percent of students in their school were from disadvantaged homes.1

The vertical axis shows the actual percentage of 15-year-old students from disadvantaged homes,...

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