Ontario students at the top of the class on the 2010 Pan-Canadian Assessment Program test

TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario is the only Canadian jurisdiction whose students were above the national average in all three subjects tested—reading, mathematics and science—on the 2010 Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP). Ontario's results were significantly higher than the Canadian average in all three subject areas according to reports released today by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).

The following are among the key results:

  • Ontario was the only jurisdiction whose students were above the Canadian average in reading. Ontario's students performed significantly better than students in all other jurisdictions in that subject.
  • Ontario was one of two provinces whose students were above the Canadian average in math. Of Ontario students, 92% achieved Level 2—the expected level of performance—or above in math. Fully half of Ontario students (50%) performed at the two highest levels of achievement (Levels 3 and 4).
  • Ontario was one of two provinces whose students were above the Canadian average in science.

"Ontario students have demonstrated continued improvement on national tests over the years and are now consistently among the top performing students in Canada," said Brian Desbiens, Chair of EQAO's Board of Directors. "The sustained progress witnessed on such nation-wide tests solidifies the Ontario school system's position among the top in Canada."

"The results on the 2010 PCAP test are further evidence that Ontario students are receiving a high-quality education," added EQAO's Chief Executive Officer, Marguerite Jackson. "Indeed, results on a number of recent large-scale assessments, including provincial (EQAO), national (PCAP) and international assessments (PISA, TIMSS and PIRLS), all point to a high and sustained level of student achievement in Ontario and distinction in relation to other jurisdictions, whether in Canada or around the world."

EQAO coordinates Ontario students' participation in national and international assessments on behalf of the Government of Ontario. PCAP is an initiative of CMEC and is administered every three years to Grade 8 students. In 2010, the tests were administered in Ontario to 3374 students in 144 English-language schools and 2509 students in 142 French-language schools. Reading, mathematics and science assessment items were administered to randomly selected students in a random sample of schools through a random assignment of test booklets. Individual student, school and school board results are therefore not available.

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Published today:

  • Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), 2010: Highlights of Ontario Student Achievement (EQAO)
  • Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), 2010: Ontario Report (EQAO)
  • Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), 2010: National Report (CMEC).

About EQAO
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.

SOURCE Education Quality and Accountability Office

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