Strategic debate: Is real progress being made in the equitable provision of education? #PISAresults

28 February 2017

Education 2030 agenda

Is real progress being made in the equitable provision of education? What do the last PISA results tell us?


Everywhere, education systems are striving to improve both learning outcomes and equity in learning opportunities. Yet, over the past decade, as the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) reveals, only a few education systems have been making real and significant progress.

This Strategic Debate will offer a brief review of the educational outcomes in the 72 countries which took part in the last PISA assessment, with an analysis of the policies and practices - as well as contextual factors - which contributed to the quality of learning outcomes and the degree of equity in the distribution of educational opportunities.

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Strategic Debate - 13 March

  • Speaker: Andreas Schleicher, Director, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD 
  • Discussant: Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Director, NORRAG 
  • Moderator: Michaela Martin, Programme Specialist, IIEP

Monday, 13 March 2017, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
IIEP – Auditorium
Contact: / 01 45 03 77 52

The seminar will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into French.

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Addressing inequities in education is a global imperative. The 2016 Education Commission Report highlights the inequities of educational access and learning outcomes, while the SDG 4 targets require progress in reducing inequities across geographic units, gender, ability groups, and within crisis-affected settings. Beyond diagnosis and monitoring, what does research tell us about effective strategies to enhance equity and equality of opportunity in education ? IIEP's 2017 Strategic Debate series will explore this question from several perspectives, pushing us to go beyond understanding the nature of the problem to explore what can be, and is being, particularly through education policy and planning.