On May 7, 2015 the American Institutes for Research hosted a presentation and discussion on research by Bill Schmidt and others using data on mathematics achievement from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012. The webinar included a presentation by Dr. Schmidt with a follow-up discussion by Dr. Robert Rothman.
Key findings included:
- In every participating country, students from more affluent backgrounds receive more opportunities to learn mathematics (OTL).
- These inequalities are strongly related to inequalities in student achievement.
- Internationally speaking, roughly a third of achievement gaps between richer and poorer students are due to inequalities in OTL.
- There are important differences between countries in the structure of OTL-related inequality, specifically whether it is more strongly related to between-school or within-school differences. However, in every country the majority of OTL variation occurs within schools, not between them.
Presenter: Bill Schmidt, Professor and Co-Director of the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University
Discussant: Robert Rothman, Senior Fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education
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