October 7, 2014
Ontario is the only Canadian jurisdiction whose students achieved at or above the national average in all three of the subjects tested—science, reading and math—by the 2013 Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP). Ontario’s results were above the Canadian average in science and reading and statistically the same in math, according to
reports released today by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).
"Ontario students are consistently strong performers on national and international assessments, and PCAP 2013 is no exception. Periodic nationwide assessments like PCAP complement EQAO’s annual assessments of literacy and math by providing some insight into Ontario students’ achievement relative to their peers across the country."
— Brian Desbiens, Chair, EQAO Board of Directors
"It’s encouraging that Ontario students performed so well on PCAP 2013 compared to other jurisdictions in Canada. These results should reinforce the commitment of our education system to ensuring students are gaining the global competencies they need. We know from other assessment results that math, in particular, requires continued attention.quot;
Bruce Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO
Highlights of Ontario Students’ Results: Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), 2013
Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), 2013: Ontario Report (EQAO)
Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), 2013: National Report (CMEC)
PCAP is a program of national standardized tests of reading, math and science skills administered every three years to Grade 8 students. It is an initiative of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). The participation of Ontario students is coordinated by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) on behalf of the provincial government.
The 2013 assessment was administered to 3208 students in 150 English-language schools and 2180 students in 125 French-language schools in Ontario. Since the assessment is administered to a random sample of students in a random sample of schools, individual student, school and school board results are not available.