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Foreign student population up but lags behind Italians, OECD

Number of immigrants in schools grew 5% from 2003 to 2012

03 December, 12:29
Foreign student population up but lags behind Italians, OECD (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, December 3 - The number of foreign students in Italy has increased by 5% from 2003 to 2012, making up 7.5% of today's student population against the OECD's average of 12%, the organization said on Tuesday.

However, the OECD's PISA international survey testing the math, science and reading skills of 15-year-olds worldwide highlighted a divide between immigrant and Italian students with foreigners performing on average 48 points lower than their Italian peers in mathematics.

From 2003 to 2012, the performance of Italians improved, rising 23 points, while immigrants' skills remained stable, according to the survey.

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