24 Nov '17, 8am

Poorer kids more likely to underperform, but Singapore has many resilient students, global test finds

Poorer kids more likely to underperform, but Singapore has many resilient students, global test finds

SINGAPORE - Singapore students are some of the most resilient in the world, and are more likely to rise over disadvantaged backgrounds and do well in school. Still, data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that students coming from poorer families are more than four times more likely to be low performers, compared with more affluent peers. These students are more likely to score below the baseline proficiency in science, according to the latest results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) 2015 test. The survey, which defined disadvantaged students as being in the bottom quarter of the socio-economic index within their country, polled 540,000 teens from 72 economies. These include about 5,800 students from Singapore. But it also showed that a significant proportion of Singapore students also beat the odds to do...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/poorer-ki...

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