Publications

PIRLS 2016 international report

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is an international assessment that measures trends in reading achievement of Grade 4 students, as well as policies and practices related to literacy. In 2016, ePIRLS was created as an extension to PIRLS as an innovative assessment of on-line reading. Both the PIRLS and ePIRLS reports provide information on the reading skills of Grade 4 students and describe home and school supports for literacy in Canada. Results are reported at both pan-Canadian and international levels.

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research, Elementary and secondary education, Literacy

TIMSS 2015 Canadian Results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study

This report presents the Canadian results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015. It provides information on the mathematics and science achievement at the Grade 4 and Grade 8/Secondary II levels and describes factors influencing learning in the home and school environment in Canada. Results are reported at both Canadian and international levels, with comparisons across participating Canadian provinces as well as with participating countries.

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research, Elementary and secondary education, Literacy

CMEC Reference Framework for Successful Student Transitions

At its 106th meeting, CMEC approved the CMEC Reference Framework for Successful Student Transitions and two accompanying tools: a self-assessment tool and action plan template. The Reference Framework reflects shared perspectives on transitions and signals the importance of the issue for CMEC. Each jurisdiction may use the elements that best suit its specific objectives and context. The draft assessment tool and action plan template are resources that can be used by provinces and territories, as well as the many stakeholders engaged in work to improve transitions, to gauge the development of initiatives and set out future plans within the context of the Reference Framework.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Access to Learning, Adult Education, Apprenticeship, At-risk students, Diversity, Education for sustainable development, Elementary and secondary education, Enrolment and graduation, Equity, Guidance and counselling, Learner transitions, Lifelong learning, Postsecondary education

Measuring up: Canadian Results of the OECD PISA 2015 Study - The Performance of Canadian 15-Year-Olds in Financial Literacy

This report provides a high-level description of the Canadian results from the financial literacy component of the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The report presents both national and provincial results and complements the information presented in the PISA 2015 international report.

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research, Elementary and secondary education, Learning Outcomes, Literacy

Measuring up: Canadian Results of the OECD PISA Study – The Performance of Canada's Youth in Science, Reading, and Mathematics – 2015 First Results for Canadians Aged 15

This report provides the initial results for Canada and the provinces from OECD's PISA 2015. PISA is a triennial survey of the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds near the end of their compulsory schooling. The report presents both national and provincial results in science, reading, and mathematics, and complements the information presented in the PISA 2015 international report.

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research, Elementary and secondary education, Learning Outcomes, Literacy

PISA 2015 Results: Excellence and Equity in Education

This report provides the initial results from OECD's PISA 2015. PISA is a triennial survey of the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds near the end of their compulsory schooling. The major focus of the 2015 assessment was science, with a secondary focus on reading and mathematics. Results are compared across 72 countries and economies around the world.

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research, Elementary and secondary education, Learning Outcomes, Literacy

Assessment Matters! Issue 10 - Participation in Large-Scale Assessment Studies: What's in It for Me?

Assessment Matters! is a series of policy-oriented research notes designed to explore educational issues in Canada and Canadian jurisdictions. These notes are based on the results of international and national assessment programs, including the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research, Elementary and secondary education, Learning Outcomes, Literacy

Secondary Education in Canada: A Student Transfer Guide, 2004-05

Each year, thousands of Canadian secondary-school students transfer from one province or territory to another. One of the major concerns associated with such transfers is the continuity of students' education. This document was prepared to assist receiving schools in placing secondary students so that their education would be as continuous as possible. Information for each jurisdiction is divided into two parts: part I provides information on secondary education in each of the ten provinces and three territories, and part II contains course descriptions to facilitate the placement of students.

Categories: Curriculum, Education systems structure and operation, Elementary and secondary education, Student and teacher mobility

International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2016

The 2016 International Summit on the Teaching Profession was hosted by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Lander in the Federal Republic of Germany, in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and Education International. The summit brought together official delegations of ministers of education, union leaders, outstanding teachers, and other education experts, as well as observers, from 22 high-achieving or rapidly improving countries, as measured by student performance in OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). While previous summits focused on raising the quality and status of the teaching profession, teacher evaluation, and the challenges of providing equitable access to excellent teaching, the theme of the 2016 summit was “Teachers' Professional Learning and Growth: Creating the Conditions to Achieve Quality Teaching for Excellent Learning Outcomes,” and centred on the knowledge, skills, and character dispositions that successful teachers require; the policies that help teachers acquire the competencies they need to be effective; and how governments can implement these policies effectively. The report captures these discussions.

Categories: Access to Learning, Diversity, Elementary and secondary education, Equity, Inclusive Education, International Organizations and Meetings, Learning Outcomes, Teacher education and professional development, Teachers and Teaching, Priorities and Goals in Education

PCAP 2010 Report on the Pan-Canadian Assessment of Mathematics, Science, and Reading

The Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), a collaborative effort among Canadian provinces and territories, is a survey of the knowledge and skills of students in Grade 8/Secondary II in the core subject areas. The 2010 report describes the performance of Grade 8 students in the second administration of PCAP, in which the major domain was mathematics and the secondary or minor domains were science and reading. CMEC developed PCAP to ensure the availability of statistically valid, comparable data on student achievement which can be used by education researchers, policy-makers, and government officials to understand and make improvements to provincial and territorial education systems.

Categories: Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research, Elementary and secondary education, Literacy