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Assessment Matters! is a series of policy-oriented research notes designed to explore educational issues in Canada and Canadian jurisdictions. These notes are based on the results of international and national assessment programs, including the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
The Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), a collaborative effort among Canadian provinces and territories, is a survey of the knowledge and skills of students in Grade 8/Secondary II in the core subject areas. The 2013 report describes the performance of Grade 8 students in the third administration of PCAP, in which the major domain was science and the secondary or minor domains were reading and mathematics. CMEC developed PCAP to ensure the availability of statistically valid, comparable data on student achievement which can be used by education researchers, policy-makers, and government officials to understand and make improvements to provincial and territorial education systems.
This report describes the findings from a feasibility study on establishing pan-Canadian centres for the assessment of the credential of internationally educated teachers (IETs). The study developed summary profiles for each Canadian province and territory, identifying commonalities and differences in the current processes and practices for IET credential assessment across Canada and evaluated best practices in other contexts of credential assessment. It then drew upon previous reports, as well as focus groups, to synthesize its findings into a proposed model for the country. The study was designed to provide recommendations for a pan-Canadian method of assessing the credentials of IETs.
This annual report is published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It provides a compilation of indicators that report on the current state of education across OECD countries, examining issues such as the human and financial resources invested in education, how education and learning systems operate and evolve, and the returns to educational investments.
This report contains the main outcomes of the 37th Session of the UNESCO General Conference held in November 2013, along with interventions by the Canadian delegation at the Education Commission. The 37th session focused on a variety of issues, including the 2014-17 budget for the commission, Education beyond 2015, the potential global standard-setting instrument on the recognition of higher-education qualifications, and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development post-2014 – Global Action Programme.
This report is in response to the request from UNESCO that its Member States complete two questionnaires on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005–2014 (UNDESD). Questionnaire 1 focuses on collecting information on Canada's priorities for ESD after the end of UNDESD. Questionnaire 2 focuses on compiling Canada's achievements and challenges over the decade. Canada's responses were developed jointly by CMEC and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU).
This report summarizes the main issues discussed at the 2013 OECD Informal Meeting of Ministers of Education, “Fostering skills and employability through education,” Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2–4, 2013. The meeting focused on a variety of skills-related issues and included briefings on the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
This report summarizes the main issues discussed at the fourth International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP), which took place in Wellington, New Zealand, on March 28 and 29, 2014. The summit brought together more than 300 teaching professionals and policy-makers around the theme of “Excellence, Equity and Inclusiveness — High-Quality Teaching for All.” The report provides the main messages conveyed by the Canadian delegation to the meeting participants, including the announcement that Canada will host the 2015 summit in Banff, Alberta.
The joint declaration offers three principles to guide work on the alignment of education and skills training and labour-market needs and proposes specific pan-Canadian activities.
This report describes the findings from a series of six focus groups conducted throughout Canada to identify the barriers to certification and workforce integration of internationally educated teachers. The focus groups examined four specific stages of the integration process: the preparation prior to coming to Canada, the process of obtaining teaching licences in a given province or territory, the experience of securing a teaching position, and the transition into a provincial or territorial school system.
The framework presents a pan-Canadian vision for early learning that can be adapted to the unique needs and circumstances of each province and territory. It is designed to serve as a resource to support the development of policies and initiatives by ministries and departments of education and their partners that enhance the quality and continuity of the learning experience in the early years and beyond.
As the recruitment environment for international students becomes increasingly competitive, Canada has emerged as a top destination for international students. This report provides insight into the role of education agents in Canada's international education systems.
After a brief overview of the development of official languages in education in Canada, this report provides a concise description of the achievement in 2009-10 and 2010-11 of outcomes for minority-language education and second-language instruction called for in the action plans developed by each of the provincial/territorial governments, as part of their bilateral agreements with the Government of Canada.
This report is produced as part of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP). It allows readers to compare data for the provinces and territories with data for OECD countries. The indicators presented in this report are parallel to 11 of the indicators presented in the OECD publication Education at a Glance 2013.
This report examines the language competencies that research indicates are important for elementary and secondary teachers in English and French first-language schools to have for effective professional practice and teaching excellence.
This report provides the initial results for Canada and the provinces from OECD's PISA 2012. PISA is a triennial survey of the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds near the end of their compulsory schooling. The report presents both national and provincial results in mathematics, reading, and science, and complements the information presented in the PISA 2012 international report.
This report provides the initial results from OECD's PISA 2012. PISA is a triennial survey of the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds near the end of their compulsory schooling. The major focus of the 2012 assessment was mathematics, with a secondary focus on reading and science. Results are compared across 65 countries and economies around the world.
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