POLICY BRIEF – Gender Gap in Student Achievement in Jordan

This study seeks to identify student and school level factors, including school, teacher, and student characteristics, that explain the gap in student achievement between females and males in Jordan, where the former outperform the latter. Using data from international assessments (TIMSS, PISA), as well as local assessments (NAfKE and National Test) and focus groups to find the magnitude of the performance gap between girls and boys, this study also investigates factors associated with the gap in different assessments over time and seeks to understand how those factors operate.

In addition to identifying a number of relevant factors, this study offers a number of policy options to both narrow the gap and to improve overall student achievement. World Education, 2014.

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