Education in Norway Best in Equality

While the latest PISA survey showed that Norwegian students are behind the neighboring countries and OECD avarage in mathematics, science and reading, Norwegian schools are best at reducing social inequalities among students, according to a new report.

The report shows that the Norwegian students’ backgrounds have the least impact on performance in the examination.

Taking to Norwegian daily Klassekampen, researcher Rolf Vegard Olsen at University of Oslo says that there is a relatively inclusive community school in Norway. Olsen concludes in his recent report that the difference in the Norwegian school is smaller today than it was in 2003.

– The effect of home background is strong. That’s what is happening in other countries. Usually the students from affluent homes get more support for school work and they have daily role models around them showing why knowledge is important. But this effect is weaker in Norway, notes Olsen.

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