Dec 06, 2016
By Jane Brown
Canadian students are among the top performers in science according to a new international ranking.
Canada placed fourth over all in science, tied with Finland and behind Singapore, Japan and Estonia.
The education assessment of 15 year old high school students in 72 countries from the Organization for the Economic Co-operation and Development’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) was released today and shows Canadian students have a strong grasp of science literacy. But experts say educators and governments need to do a better job of helping students apply that interest to careers.
Math, as well as reading, were tested in the latest international results. Only students in Quebec and British Columbia performed above the Canadian average. University of Winnipeg Math professor Anna Stokke says she is heartened by the results in science, but remains troubled that students in many provinces continue to struggle in math.
Parents have been appealing to education ministries to take a back to basics approach to teaching math, emphasizing repetition and drills before problem solving.