By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.

CSO data

Claim: Achieving

4.5.1 There was a gender disparity (value 0.9) in numeracy for PIAAC 2012. This survey also showed a socio-economic disparity (value 0.8) for literacy and numeracy. The PISA 2018 study of lower secondary school showed a socio-economic disparity (value 0.8) for minimum proficiency in reading and mathematics also.

Measuring what matters

4.5.1 Attainment gaps between DEIS and non-DEIS schools at primary level remain. report by the Educational Research Centre – Ireland’s National Assessments of Mathematics and English Reading 2021: A focus on achievement in urban DEIS schools – examined the mathematics and English achievement of pupils in urban DEIS schools. Findings show that at both Second and Sixth class, pupils in Urban Band 1 schools had significantly lower levels of achievement than their counterparts in Urban Non-DEIS schools. The achievement gap is considered large (based on measures of effect size). Nonetheless, the achievement gap at Second class between average reading scores in Urban Non-DEIS schools and Urban Band 1 schools reduced a little between 2014 and 2021, although the change was not statistically significant. Source: Social Justice Ireland;

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