CESC Releases New Indicators in Education

    TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - The Canadian Education Statistics Council (CESC)
released today Education Indicators in Canada: An International Perspective,
2009, a new report that provides indicators on educational attainment,
upper-secondary graduation, tertiary graduation, the academic performance of
students, labour-market outcomes, the economic benefits of education,
expenditures on education, international students, and transitions to the
labour market - for Canada, its provinces and territories, and for OECD

    Some of the results gathered in this report indicate that

    -   In 2007, 21% of Canadian adults aged 55 to 64 had completed
        university programs. Canada ranked fourth among OECD countries for
        this age group. For the 25-to-34 age group, Canada shared 12th rank
        with Japan and the United Kingdom, with 29% of the population having
        graduated from university.
    -   In 23 of 25 OECD countries, including Canada (and all provinces and
        territories), females were more likely than males to graduate from
        high school. The same pattern held true for graduation from
        university programs.
    -   As in other OECD countries, in 2006, postsecondary graduates in
        Canada earned considerably more than secondary graduates, an average
        of 40% more. This advantage ranged from 7% in Alberta to more than
        55% in Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec.
    -   In 2005, Canada devoted 6.2% of its GDP to educational institutions,
        above the OECD average of 5.7%. This placed Canada seventh highest
        among OECD countries.
    -   In Canada, about 7% of students enrolled in bachelor's or master's
        programs, and 21% enrolled in advanced research programs, were
        international students. This compares with OECD averages of 7% and
        16%, respectively. British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia
        had the highest proportion of international students; in these
        provinces, international students accounted for approximately 10% of
        all university students.

    "These new indicators will assist us in understanding better how
different education systems work and will allow us to define new benchmarks
while developing a deeper understanding of positive education strategies from
around the world," said Diane McGifford, Minister of Advanced Education and
Literacy for Manitoba and the new Chair of the Council of Ministers of
Education, Canada (CMEC).
    This report is the first in a new series intended to facilitate the
comparison of education systems in Canada's provinces and territories with
those of OECD member countries. The education indicators presented in the
report are drawn from a set of indicators released today in OECD's Education
at a Glance.
    "CMEC's vision for Learn Canada 2020, our joint ministerial statement,
also gives us a new way to compare provincial and territorial education
systems to those in other countries," said Minister McGifford.
    For additional key findings, consult the Highlights section of Education
Indicators in Canada: An International Perspective, 2009, at

    CESC is a partnership between CMEC and Statistics Canada established in
1989 to improve the quality and comparability of Canadian education data and
to provide information that can inform policy development in education. CMEC
is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible for
elementary-secondary and advanced education from the provinces and

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