03/02/2016 - Poor performance at school has long-term consequences for individuals and countries. Students struggling at age 15 face a high risk of dropping out of school altogether and when a large share of the population lacks basic skills, a country’s long-term economic growth is severely compromised. Why do some students struggle at school and what can be done to help them? These questions are central to “Low Performing Students: Why They Fail and How to Help Them Succeed”, the first in-depth analysis of the factors affecting low performance and recommendations on what countries can do to tackle them.
Based on new analysis of previously published PISA datasets, Chapter 1 gives an overview, together with new findings on the absolute number of low performers in OECD and partner countries, as well as overlapping of low performance in mathematics, reading and science. Chapters 2, 3, 4 and 5 contain entirely new findings that explain the link between low performers and students’ attitude to school, their own backgrounds and school characteristics.
The report is under embargo until 9 a.m. CET on Wednesday 10 February 2016.
The following media events are planned (all local times):
Tuesday 9 February (under embargo)
Washington – 11 a.m. – webinar with Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director of Education and Skills. For more information, contact Miguel Rodriguez-Gorman, OECD Washington Centre (+ 1 202 822 3865 or email@example.com).
Mexico – 12 p.m. - videoconference with Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20. At the OECD Mexico Centre, Av. Presidente Masaryk 526, 1er piso, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, C.P 11560 Mexico. To register, contact Carolina Ziehl, OECD Mexico Centre (+ 52 55 9 138 6235 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Berlin – 3 p.m. – videoconference with Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director of Education and Skills. For more information, contact Matthias Rumpf, OECD Berlin Centre (+ 49 30 2888 353 or email@example.com).
Tokyo – 5 p.m. – videoconference with Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director of Education and Skills, and Yuri Belfali, OECD Head of Early Childhood and Schools . At the OECD Tokyo Centre, 3rd floor, Nippon Press Centre Building, 2-2-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 100-0011. To register, contact Naoko Kawaguchi, OECD Tokyo Centre (tel. + 81.3 5532.0026 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday 10 February - Public webinar – 7.30 p.m. CET - with Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director of Education and Skills, and Daniel Salinas, OECD education analyst and main author of the report. To register, go to https://oecd1000.webex.com/oecd1000/onstage/g.phpMTID=e678363d8869bb8b3f0876a09b4b62122.
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