Directorate for Education and Skills


Low-performing Students: Why they Fall Behind and How to Help them Succeed

This report examines low performance at school by looking at low performers’ family background, education career and attitudes towards school. The report also analyses the school practices and educational policies that are more strongly associated with poor student performance. Most important, the evidence provided in the report reveals what policy makers, educators, parents and students themselves can do to tackle low performance and succeed in school.








Immigrant Students at School - Easing the Journey Towards Integration

In 2015, Europe recorded an unprecedented number of asylum seekers: as many as one million. An estimated 350,000 to 450,000 people could be granted refugee or similar status, more than in any previous European refugee crisis since World War II. The way in which education systems respond to migration has an enormous impact on whether or not migrants are successfully integrated into their host communities, and on the economic and social well-being of all members of the communities they serve, whether they have an immigrant background or not. This report examines in detail how immigrant students fare in different education systems – and what this means for education policy makers.




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OECD Skills Outlook 2015

Young people around the world are struggling to enter the labour market. In some OECD countries, one in four 16-29 year-olds is neither employed nor in education or training. The OECD Skills Outlook 2015 shows how improving the employability of youth requires a comprehensive approach.


Students, Computers and Learning - Making the Connection

This book examines how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT) devices has evolved in recent years, and explores how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into students’ learning experiences.

More reports and papers

No gain without (some) pain
Bonaventura Francesco Pacileo | May 25

Going beyond education policies – how can PISA help turn policy into practice?
Andreas Schleicher | May 24

Time, working and learning
Viktoria Kis | May 20

Latvia is determined to build on its progress in education
Andreas Schleicher | May 19

Career education that works
Anthony Mann | May 18






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Netherlands 2016 - Foundations for the Future 

PISA in Focus No. 62 - Are low performers missing learning opportunities?

Education Indicators in Focus No. 41 - How much do tertiary students pay and what public support do they receive? 

Newsroom: OECD to launch review of education in Latvia Thursday 19 May 2016

Adult Skills in Focus No. 3 - What does age have to do with skills proficiency?








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