Publications

Assessment Matters! Issue 20 - Changing Attitudes: Are High School Students More Passionate about Science?

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).

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research

PCAP 2019 Technical Report

PCAP is highly complex methodologically, requiring intensive collaboration among stakeholders. The PCAP 2019 Technical Report describes those methodologies, along with other features that have enabled PCAP to provide high- quality data. The information gained by this pan-Canadian assessment provides ministers of education with a basis for examining the curriculum and other aspects of their school systems.

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research, Elementary and secondary education, Literacy

PCAP2019 Contextual Report on Student Achievement in Mathematics

Secondary analysis undertaken as part of the PCAP 2019 Contextual Report on Student Achievement in Mathematics explored how resources and school and classroom conditions, as well as student characteristics and family circumstances, may impact mathematics achievement in Grade 8/Secondary II students.

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research, Elementary and secondary education, Literacy

CMEC Indigenous Education Data Webinar Series February – April, 2021

In February and April 2021, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) hosted a webinar series that brought together participants from across Canada for a discussion on Indigenous education data.

The webinar series focused on elementary and secondary education, exploring topics such as student completion pathways, data-sharing agreements, approaches to self-identification, use of Indigenous data, and linking quantitative and qualitative data. The list of topics was developed from discussions with provincial and territorial Indigenous Education Committee members and was informed by feedback from Indigenous education partners who have attended and participated in several of CMEC’s events pertaining to Indigenous education, such as the 2018 CMEC Symposium on Indigenizing Teacher Education.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Education data and research

Assessment Matters! Issue 19 - School Policies: How Do They Differ across Canadian Provinces?

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).

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research

PCAP 2019 Report on the Pan-Canadian Assessment of Mathematics, Reading, and Science

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 2019 report describes the performance of Grade 8 students in the fifth administration of PCAP, in which the major domain was mathematics and the secondary or minor domains were reading and science. 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.

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research, Elementary and secondary education

Assessment Matters! Issue 18 - Characteristics of School Climate and Their Relation to Student Achievement

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).

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research

Skills in the Canadian Labour Market Findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

This report uses data from the Survey of Adult Skills conducted under the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to show the distribution of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments among Canadian labour force participants. The report focuses on the distribution of information-processing skills among Canadian workers across occupational groups, industries, and selected job characteristics. It also illustrates the relationship between skill proficiencies and labour market outcomes.

Categories: Assessment and evaluation

Skills of Official-Language Minority Communities in Canada: Findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

This report uses data from the Survey of Adult Skills conducted under the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). The report presents a detailed analysis of the skills of official language minority communities in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments in order to compare them with those of their respective linguistic majority.

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Official languages

Adult Learning and Foundational Skills: Findings from the first cycle of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

This report uses data from the Survey of Adult Skills conducted under the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to explore the skill levels of adult learners participating in formal, non-formal, and combined learning modes in Canada. It examines the impacts of sociodemographic and labour market factors on participation in adult learning, and attempts to identify where participation gaps exist.

Categories: Adult Education, Assessment and evaluation