Thursday April 24, 2014

Student skills better


Saskatchewan students are improving in key subjects like science, reading and math according to results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012, released by the Organisation for Economic and Co-operative Development (OECD).

The PISA 2012 report shows that Saskatchewan 15-years-olds performed above the international average in science, reading and mathematics. Within Canada, Saskatchewan’s rank has improved in all three subject areas. Saskatchewan students now rank fourth in Canada in science, up from seventh in the 2009 assessment; fifth in math, up from sixth; and sixth in reading, up from seventh.

“While this is just one measure, it is encouraging to see Saskatchewan students improving,” Education Minister Don Morgan said. “There are great things happening in classrooms across the province and we plan to capitalize on that work through Student First.”

This large scale assessment measures the performance of 15-year-olds in science, math and reading, every three years. Sixty-five countries participated in PISA in 2012. Saskatchewan has participated in PISA since 2000.

A summary of Canada’s results can be accessed at



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