December 3 2013
Results from the 2012 administration of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), released today, reveal that Ontario students are generally performing well in three important academic domains. Their reading and science achievement on the 2012 administration was similar to that in 2009, while their math performance was shown to be on the decline.
Fifteen-year-old students from 65 education systems (jurisdictions) from around the world, including all 10 Canadian provinces, participated. Ontario student achievement matched the Canadian average in math, reading and science. In Ontario, the difference in performance between high- and low-achieving students was smaller than the OECD average, which is an indication of equity in educational outcomes in the school system.
"Ontario students are doing well overall, but this downward trend in math achievement adds urgency to the need to turn this story around. We must continue to be mindful of the knowledge and skills Ontario’s students are developing and their achievement in relation to their Canadian and international peers."
— Brian Desbiens, Chair, EQAO Board of Directors
"These latest international assessment results reinforce what EQAO’s provincial assessments have been demonstrating for the past few years—that Ontario student math achievement is an area that needs urgent attention."
Bruce Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), 2012: Highlights of Ontario Student Results
Infographic: 5 Things This Year’s EQAO Results Reveal About Student Learning in Ontario