December 6, 2016
Results from the 2015 administration of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), released today, reveal that Ontario students are generally performing well in science, reading and math, with results similar to those of the 2012 assessment.
Fifteen-year-old students from 72 education systems (jurisdictions) from around the world, including all 10 Canadian provinces, participated. Ontario student achievement matched the Canadian average in science and reading, but was just below the national average in math.
"The PISA 2015 results are helpful to understand the skills and abilities of Ontario’s students in relation to their peers across the country and in other parts of the world. Ontario students continue to achieve good academic standards, and I thank schools for their participation in this assessment. "
—Dave Cooke, Chair, EQAO
"We should celebrate our students’ strong performance in science and reading, as well as the fact that achievement in math has stopped declining to the same extent and has stabilized. These results should encourage Ontario’s education community to keep looking for ways to improve student achievement in math. "
—Richard Jones, Director, Assessment, EQAO
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), 2015: Highlights of Ontario Student Results
1All comparisons in this news release refer to jurisdictions whose students’ achievement was significantly higher, statistically, than Ontario’s.
2Results for the municipalities of Beijing and Shanghai and for the provinces of Jiangsu and Guangdong in China will be reported as BSJG–China.