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Migrant kids top classes

The children of Indian, Philippine and Chinese immigrants are outperforming their Australian-born classmates by significant margins, according to a global education report, the New Daily reports.

But kids whose families migrated from England, New Zealand, Scotland and Vietnam performed worse in school than the children of native-born parents.

That’s according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that looked at the literacy, numeracy, and science performance of students in 72 countries.

It ranked Australia seventh in the world for the academic performance of migrant students behind Singapore, Macao, Hong Kong, Canada, Ireland and Estonia.

NAPLAN results last year revealed children who grew up speaking a language other than English were outperforming native English speakers in spelling in some states.

The OECD report goes further, showing how well specific migrants groups perform at school.

The report found the likelihood that migrant children would be academically, socially and emotionally resilient depended on the nation they came from, and the country in which they settled.

For example, for families from China, Australia is one of the best places in the world to settle.

And, even though Indian migrant children outperform native-born children in Australia, they are likely to do even better at school if their parents had emigrated to the UK.

Migrants from South Africa are more than twice as likely to achieve baseline levels of proficiency in their education in Australia than if they went to school in New Zealand.

The OECD report also reveals an overall decline in academic performance of Australian students by world standards.

It found baseline levels of proficiency declining for all Australian students between 2006 and 2015.


Migrant children top the class in Australia, OECD report finds (New Daily/ABC)

The Resilience of Students with an Immigrant Background: Factors that Shape Wellbeing (OECD)


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