The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.
In 2015 over half a million students, representing 28 million 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies, took the internationally agreed two-hour test. Students were assessed in science, mathematics, reading, collaborative problem solving and financial literacy. The two-volume results take a deeper look at many other trends, including such factors as equity, gender differences and career aspirations, extra curricular activities, homework requirements and time spent on lessons in class.
The results of the 2015 assessment were published this month.
Canadian students near the top of the global science class, according to the latest survey of student achievement in 72 countries.
“The reason our graduates are accepted in all Universities and Colleges, if of course they have good grades, is because the Canadian educational curriculum is recognized as one of the strongest in the world. Our teachers in grades seven to twelve all have at least two degrees and are certified by the Ontario College of Teachers”, said Caribbean International Academy’s Principal, Herb Klassen.
Canadian students ranked 3rd among 35 OECD countries in science, tied with Finland, outperformed by only Japan and Estonia. Canadians ranked 4th among all countries, 72 in total.
The survey has been conducted every three years since 2000. The most recent version focused on science achievement for the first time since 2006. Over the past 10 years, Canada’s results have been statistically steady.
Canada has had a solid math program for the past 10 years but other countries such as Finland, Denmark, Singapore and Japan have had great results placing them near the top since the year 2000. Canadian students in grade 4 lag behind but improved by grade 8 and were able to achieve an overall score of 7th worldwide where the Netherlands placed 11th and the United States placed 39th.
Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter welcomed the overall PISA results, but noted “we know there is more work to do — especially in mathematics.”
Canada ranked 2nd worldwide in reading just behind Singapore. Canadian school teachers systematically include reading in various forms within their lesson plans. According to studies conducted at York University, the emphasis is helping to create well rounded individuals, increase empathy, cultivate civic participation and enhance relationships.
Results Confirming CIA’s Impact
These results are extremely encouraging as Canadian students get ready to tackle an ever growing fast paced technology driven society with increased competition stemming from around the world.
CIA’s Mr. Klassen is constantly raising the bar with the help of CIA teachers, “Our School sets high standards for our students and 90% of our graduates go off to University and Colleges around the world, including European Countries, the United States and Canada”.
CIA has recently opened an international boarding school on campus and in January 2017 will be hosting students from Toronto, Canada and Frankfort, Germany.
Receiving a High School Diploma from a Canadian school like the Caribbean International Academy is an incredible first step towards a bright future and an achievement that has more weight than ever.
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