Ontario Students' Achievement In Science Recognized Among Best In The World

    Ontario Youth Score High Marks In International Study

    TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - The province's fifteen-year-old students are
achieving excellent results in science, according to an international study
released today, said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.
    "I am very pleased with the high performance of our students in science
on the world stage," added Wynne. "The top performance of Ontario's youth
shows that we are equipping our students with the tools they need to succeed
in the competitive global economy of the 21st century."
    Canada was one of 57 countries that participated in the Programme for
International Student Assessment (PISA), and ranked among the top countries.
In overall science, only Finland and Hong Kong-China were in a performance
range higher than Canada. Within Canada, only Alberta was in a performance
range higher than Ontario. The average score of Ontario students in overall
science achievement has increased by 15 points since 2000.
    The report also found that immigrant students in Canada performed much
better than immigrant students across all Organization for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. Overall results for Canada show
that our students are able to achieve a greater degree of equity regardless of
socio-economic status when compared to other countries. PISA also found that
there were not any significant gender differences across the country when
combined science scores were evaluated, but found that boys performed better
at mastering scientific knowledge and girls demonstrated better performance at
seeing the larger picture enabling them to identify scientific questions.
    "Ontario is achieving excellence in an international context because we
are committed to helping every student reach his or her full potential," said
Wynne. "I'd like to applaud the students, parents and educators for the work
they've done to achieve these great results."
    About 22,000 15-year-old Canadian students from 1,000 schools
participated from across the 10 provinces. In Ontario, 2,928 students from
73 English-language and 47 French-language schools participated.
    PISA is an international assessment of the skills and knowledge of
15-year-old students. It assesses youth outcomes in three domains: reading,
mathematics and science, focusing on what students can do with what they have
learned in school, at home, and in the community. PISA was first implemented
in 2000 and is repeated every three years with each cycle providing detailed
assessment in one of the three domains. In PISA 2006 science was the major
assessment domain while reading and mathematics were included as minor
    The Education Quality and Accountability Office coordinated Ontario's
participation in PISA 2006, and a document highlighting Ontario student
results is available at www.eqao.com.

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For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
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