This latest report from OECD uses data from the 2012 PISA mathematics section to examine factors associated with the performance gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Differences in exposure to “pure mathematics concepts,” such as equations and functions, as opposed to “procedural” or “applied” concepts, is highlighted as a driver of the gap. The report includes OECD’s policy recommendations to improve the achievement of low performers.
- Equations and Inequalities: Making Mathematics Accessible to All – Read OECD’s report about educational equity issues specifically related to mathematics.
- PISA in Focus 63: Are Disadvantaged Students Given Equal Opportunities to Learn Mathematics? – Read OECD’s summary of the Equations and Inequalities.
- Making All Students Count – Read OECD’s blog post about the Equations and Inequalities.