TORONTO – A new broad-based study of most of Canada’s grade eight students suggests the vast majority of them take a solid grasp of science with them into their high school years.
The Pan-Canadian Academic Program, administered every three years by a group representing provincial education ministers, looks at academic performance in reading, science and math among students in their final year of middle school.
During each cycle, the program puts its primary focus on one discipline, providing detailed statistics on that area while offering more cursory overviews of the other two.
Tuesday’s results, which focus on science, were based on scores from 32,000 students from all 10 provinces, but none of the territories, who wrote the test in 2013.
The test found 91 per cent of students could perform at or above the expected grade level in science.
The study found average reading and math scores had risen very slightly from levels recorded in 2010.
The latest PCAP results, released by the Council of Ministers of Education Canada, mark the first time that science has come under a national microscope. Editions based on results gathered in 2007 and 2010 trained the spotlight on reading and math respectively.
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