Major OECD report on student performance in reading, science, and math, to be released December 3, 2019

TORONTO, November 26, 2019 – On December 3, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will be releasing the results from the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2018).

PISA is a triennial survey of the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds near the end of their compulsory schooling. PISA 2018 tested around 600,000 students in 79 countries and economies, including over 22,000 Canadians from the 10 provinces, on their skills and knowledge in three core subject areas. The major focus of the assessment was reading, with a secondary focus on science and mathematics.

A companion Canadian report will be released at the same time as the OECD report to provide further information on the performance of Canadian students.

Of particular interest to media:

  • The assessment is administered once every three years. This makes it possible to compare student performance over time. PISA 2018 will provide significant information about how well students have been performing in reading, science, and mathematics, since the first administration of PISA in 2000.
  • The Canadian report provides information on student performance at the provincial level and provides comparative results among Canadian provinces and other countries and economies. It also provides performance results for English- and French-language systems and by gender.


Preliminary program for Tuesday, December 3, 2019


3:00 a.m. EST

OECD report made available online


3:00 a.m. EST

Canadian report made available online


Throughout day

Individual interviews in English or French


Members of the media are asked to contact Colin Bailey for further information or to arrange an interview with CMEC representatives.



Please note: CMEC representatives will restrict their remarks to pan‑Canadian and international data. For remarks about the performance of an individual province, members of the media should contact that province’s education minister.

About CMEC

Founded in 1967, CMEC is the collective voice of Canada’s ministers of education. It provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and international levels and contributes to the exercise of the exclusive jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education. For more information, visit us at


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Colin Bailey
Director, Communications and Governance
Cell: 437-777-4879
Tel.: 416-962-8100, ext. 259
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