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TORONTO, December 6, 2016 – According to a major international study released today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canadian students are among the highest achievers in the world in science, mathematics, and reading.
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial survey of the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds near the end of their compulsory schooling. PISA 2015 focused on science as its major domain, with mathematics and reading as secondary domains. It was administered to students in 72 countries and economies. In Canada, over 20,000 students from approximately 900 schools in all 10 provinces took part in the assessment.
Through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), the provinces are releasing their own companion report, Measuring up: Canadian Results of the OECD PISA Study, at the same time as the OECD report to provide further information on the performance of Canadian students in each province.
The Canadian results from PISA 2015 are a success story for provincial education systems:
Minister Currie also noted, “When you view these results in tandem with the high level of equity in student performance—again an area where Canada outperforms the OECD average—it is clear that our education systems are doing a superb job. We are preparing our young people well for the competitive economy of the 21st century.”
While the PISA 2015 results are excellent, education ministers will continue to focus on improving results, Over time, the proportion of top-performing students in science (Level 5 or above) has declined slightly. Ministries/departments will continue to examine ways to raise performance at this level and bring even more students into the top-performing cohort.
In addition, 11 per cent of Canadian students do not meet the baseline level of performance in science. While this figure is significantly lower than the OECD average of 21 per cent, education ministers plan to continue work to lower it further.
Other key findings from PISA 2015 include the following:
Canadian participation in PISA 2015 was made possible through cooperation between the provinces, working through CMEC, and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
The Canadian report can be found at www.pisacan.ca. The OECD report can be accessed at www.oecd.org/pisa/.
Ministers responsible for education wish to thank the students, teachers, principals, and other school personnel who gave of their time to participate in PISA 2015.
Founded in 1967, CMEC is the collective voice of Canada's ministers of education. It provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and international levels and contributes to the exercise of the exclusive jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education. For more information, visit us at www.cmec.ca.
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