Too scared to learn? Understanding the importance of school safety for immigrant students

TIMSS shows school safety and climate are highly correlated with educational performance, with immigrant students’ perceptions of school safety even more closely linked to achievement, and thus more strongly related to student well-being and aspirations. Identifying and addressing the special obstacles faced by immigrant children is crucial to achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for all, and improving national educational outcomes.

Teenagers Everywhere Don’t Understand Money

Peter Coy writes his article based on the OECD's PISA 2011 findings. He puts emphasis on the fact that only 12 percent of 15-year-olds have high financial literacy. An interesting read, follow the link below to view the full article.

Students lack basic financial skills, says OECD

Craig Fitzpatrick writes an interesting article, he looks at a new global study on the financial literacy of teenagers. 

With data from the OECD's PISA study, Mr. Fitzpatrick writes "The OECD has warned that 'far too many students' around the world are struggling to understand money matters."

The full article published on can be viewed by following the link below.

Reading performance in post-colonial contexts and the effect of instruction in a second language

In an increasingly diverse world, where significant migration is becoming the norm, countries are considering a greater range of language-in-education models, varying from full immersion to increasing degrees of additive bilingualism. Independent international studies, like IEA's PIRLS, can provide valuable evidence to help support national policymaking. Our new policy brief, by Sarah Howie and Megan Chamberlain, investigates this.