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.
Each assessment focuses on a major domain with a minor concentration on the two other domains.
- In 2023, science will be the major domain.
- In 2019, math was the major domain.
- In 2016, reading was the major domain.
- In 2013, science was the major domain.
- In 2010, math was the major domain.
- In 2007, the first administration of PCAP, reading was the major domain.
The information gathered in these cyclical tests of student achievement in mathematics, reading and science provides the provinces and territories with a basis for examining their curricula and improving their assessment tools. It also tells Canadians about how well their education systems are meeting the needs of students and society.
The next administration will be held in 2023. A field test will be administered between March 28 and April 29, 2022, to prepare for the administration in 2023.
For more information about the Pan Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) and the full report on the 2019 administration, visit the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) Web site.