Publications

PCAP 2016 Report on the Pan-Canadian Assessment of Science, Reading, and Mathematics

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 2016 report describes the performance of Grade 8 students in the third administration of PCAP, in which the major domain was science and the secondary or minor domains were reading and mathematics. 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

The Health and Social Dimensions of Adult Skills in Canada: Findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

This report uses data from the Survey of Adult Skills conducted under the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to look at the relationship between skills, health, and civic and social engagement in Canada. It attempts to gauge whether or not skills have an independent influence on health and social outcomes, and whether improved skill proficiency might support better outcomes in certain populations. Analysis is conducted for the Canadian population as a whole and for various sociodemographic groups within it.

Categories: Adult Education, Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research

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

Skills Proficiency of Immigrants in Canada: Findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

This report uses data from the Survey of Adult Skills conducted under the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to look at skills and immigration in Canada. It examines the skill levels of recent and established immigrants in Canada and in an international context, and provides a detailed analysis of foundational skills relative to a variety of sociodemographic factors, such as age, gender, length of residency in Canada, and highest level of education completed, as well as immigration-specific factors, such as immigration category (refugee, family class, points system).

Categories: Adult Education, Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research

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

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

In Focus: PIAAC in Canada – What is the role of education in developing literacy and numeracy skills in the territories?

Where do Canada's northern territories stand when it comes to proficiency in literacy and numeracy skills? The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) goes a long way toward answering that question. Although previous studies have examined the determinants of literacy and numeracy of different groups within Canada, very few have specifically analyzed the populations of the country's northern territories — Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Here we look at literacy and numeracy results for the region, with the aim of identifying the key factors contributing to the development of these skills.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Adult Education, Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research