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 2019, math will be 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.
2016 PCAP Public Report [PDF]