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Immigrant Children's Test Performance in PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) 2009 in Finland

Thu, April 16, 12:00 to 1:30pm, Sheraton, Floor: Fourth Level, Chicago VI&VII


PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) test results have become a measure of the quality of national education systems. However, schools are challenged to support their multicultural students’ learning. This study investigated how different groups performed and to what extent the families’ socio-economic status had impact on students’ success in the PISA 2009 performance. T-tests and correlations were calculated. The natives did better than their immigrant classmates in all PISA 2009 tests. Opposite to the natives’ results, there were no statistically significant gender differences within non-native speakers’ test scores. Immigrant students’ performance showed a positive correlation with their families’ socioeconomic backgrounds, whereas among native students such correlations do not exist.