TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW/ -
Results from the 2012 administration of the Programme for International
Student Assessment (PISA), released today, reveal that Ontario students
are generally performing well in three important academic domains.
Their reading and science achievement on the 2012 administration was
similar to that in 2009, while their math performance was shown to be
on the decline.
Fifteen-year-old students from 65 education systems (jurisdictions) from
around the world, including all 10 Canadian provinces, participated.
Ontario student achievement matched the Canadian average in math,
reading and science. In Ontario, the difference in performance between
high- and low-achieving students was smaller than the OECD average,
which is an indication of equity in educational outcomes in the school
The overall average math score for Ontario students has steadily decreased by 16 points over the past nine
years, from an average score of 530 points in 2003 to 514 points in
In 2012, students from 10 jurisdictions (Shanghai-China, Singapore, Hong
Kong‒China, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Macao‒China, Japan, Quebec,
Liechtenstein and Switzerland) performed better than Ontario's in math.1
In 2009, students from seven jurisdictions performed better than
On the optional computer-based mathematics assessment administered for
the first time in 2012, Ontario students performed at the Canadian
average and were surpassed by students in only four other jurisdictions
(Singapore, Shanghai-China, Korea and Hong Kong-China).
The average Ontario reading score was 528 in 2012, compared to 531 in 2009.
In 2012, students from three jurisdictions (Shanghai‒China, Hong
Kong‒China and Singapore) had reading results that were higher than
In 2009, students from one jurisdiction achieved better than Ontario's.
On the optional computer-based reading assessment administered for the
first time in 2012, Ontario students performed at the Canadian average
and were surpassed by students in only one other jurisdiction
Girls performed better than boys on this reading assessment in every
Canadian province, including Ontario. However, the gap in reading
achievement between the genders was smaller when the reading was on a
digital device. In Ontario, the gender gap (favouring girls) was 20
points, compared to 36 points in print reading.
The average Ontario science score was 527 in 2012, compared to 531 in 2009.
Students from seven jurisdictions (Shanghai‒China, Hong Kong‒China,
Singapore, Japan, Finland, British Columbia and Estonia) achieved
better results than Ontario's.
In 2009, there were five jurisdictions whose students achieved better
"Ontario students are doing well overall, but this downward trend in
math achievement adds urgency to the need to turn this story around. We
must continue to be mindful of the knowledge and skills Ontario's
students are developing and their achievement in relation to their
Canadian and international peers."
—Dr. Brian L. Desbiens, Chair, EQAO Board of Directors
"These latest international assessment results reinforce what EQAO's
provincial assessments have been demonstrating for the past few
years—that Ontario student math achievement is an area that needs
—Bruce Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO
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The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) acts as a
catalyst for increasing the success of Ontario students by measuring
their achievement in reading, writing and mathematics against a common
curriculum benchmark. As an independent provincial agency, EQAO plays a
pivotal role by conducting province-wide tests at key points in every
student's primary, junior and secondary education and reporting the
results. The objective and reliable facts obtained add to the current
knowledge about student learning and are an important tool for
improvement at the individual, school and provincial levels. On behalf
of the Government of Ontario, EQAO coordinates Ontario's participation
in national and international student assessments.
1 All comparisons in this news release refer to jurisdictions whose
students' achievement was significantly higher, statistically, than
SOURCE: Education Quality and Accountability Office
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