Ontario Students Are World Class

    Grade 4 Students Among the Highest Achieving On International Literacy

    TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - The province's Grade 4 students are performing
among the best in the world in reading according to an international study
released today, said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.
    "The gains in Ontario student achievement in the PIRLS study complements
the improvements seen on Ontario's provincewide assessments," added Wynne.
"This is more evidence that we are on the right track and that we should
continue our efforts in this direction."
    Ontario results of the 2006 Progress in International Reading Literacy
Study (PIRLS) were released today by the Education Quality and Accountability
Office (EQAO). PIRLS is a worldwide reading literacy assessment of Grade 4
students undertaken every five years and sponsored by the International
Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).
    A total of 45 jurisdictions representing 40 countries participated in the
2006 administration of PIRLS. Ontario took part in the study along with four
other provinces in Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Quebec,
and other jurisdictions such as England and the United States.
    Ontario's nine- and ten-year-old students rank among the top students in
the world in reading. Only the Russian Federation and Hong Kong were in a
performance range higher than Ontario's. Eight other jurisdictions were in the
same performance range as Ontario. Ontario's students have sustained their
high level of performance in reading since PIRLS 2001 and narrowed the gender
achievement gap.
    "I'd like to congratulate the students, parents and educators for the
work they've done to achieve these great results," said Minister Wynne. "The
high scores of Ontario students are a validation of the past few years' hard
work to help increase student achievement and support students in their
learning through our Literacy and Numeracy Strategy."

    Highlights of the provincial results, a complete PIRLS 2006 Ontario
Report, and the IEA's full PIRLS 2006 International Report are available at

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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