By Gary Wheeler
(TORONTO, ON) – Results of a nation-wide survey show Ontario’s grade 8 students are ranked among the highest in reading and second in science and math. According to the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program’s (PCAP) 2013 report, Ontario was the only province that scored at or above the Canadian average in all three subjects, with Ontario’s results in reading the highest of all provinces by a significant margin.
The Pan-Canadian Assessment Program is a survey of the knowledge and skills of Canadian students in Grade 8 (Secondary II in Quebec) in science, mathematics, and reading. The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada administered the assessment to a random sampling of about 32,000 Grade 8 students from all 10 provinces.
“I am delighted that Ontario was the only province that scored at or above the Canadian average in all three subjects,” said Liz Sandals, Ontario’s Minister of Education. “I am particularly pleased with our students’ performance in science. I am encouraged by these positive results, but I know there’s always room for improvement.”
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