Publications

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

Adult Competencies among Indigenous Peoples in Canada: Findings from the first cycle of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

The report uses data from the Survey of Adult Skills conducted under the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to assess and situate the skills of off-reserve Indigenous peoples in both Canadian and international contexts. Results are presented for Indigenous peoples in general, and also, when possible, specifically for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Adult Education, Assessment and evaluation

Trends in STEM and BHASE graduates from public postsecondary institutions across Canadian provinces and territories 2010 to 2018

This fact sheet examines postsecondary graduates from both STEM and BHASE (non-STEM) fields of study from 2010 to 2018 in Canadian provinces and territories. It provides an overview of the increase in the number of STEM graduates in Canada and addresses related topics, including gender trends and disparities, graduates across levels of education and institution types, and international students. The publication also compares graduate data for Canadian provinces and territories to international data across OECD countries.

Categories: Education data and research, Postsecondary education

Measuring up: Canadian Results of the OECD PISA 2018 Study - The Performance of Canadian 15-Year-Olds in Global Competence

The Canadian report provides information on the performance of 15-year-old students on the assessment of global competence as well as on six student questionnaire constructs: awareness of global issues; self-efficacy regarding global issues; respect for people from other cultures; interest in learning about other cultures; attitudes toward equal rights for immigrants; and sense of agency with respect to global issues.

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

Transitions in Canada: From Early Childhood Education and Care to Primary Education

This pan-Canadian companion report to the OECD’s Starting Strong V: Transitions from Early Childhood Education and Care to Primary Education places certain aspects of the early learning systems of Canada’s provinces and territories into an international context. This report focuses on the transitions experienced by children entering Kindergarten and Grade 1 across Canada, drawing on key pan-Canadian comparison findings from the OECD.

Appendix Tables referred to at the bottom of graphs in this publication are available in the companion file, accessible at the following link: https://cmec.ca/docs/Transitions_in_Canada_EN_APP_B.xlsx

Categories: Early childhood education, Learner transitions, Learning outcomes, Lifelong learning, Quality assurance

TIMSS 2019 Canadian Results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study

This report presents the Canadian results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019. It provides information on the mathematics and science achievement at the Grade 4 level and describes factors influencing learning in the home and school environment in Canada. Results are reported at both Canadian and international levels, with comparisons across participating Canadian provinces as well as with participating countries.

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