New PISA results show PEI education system is working well 

New assessment results show how well education systems around the world are preparing students for higher education and the workforce by assessing the achievement of 15 year-olds in reading, math and science.

Released today, the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results indicate that Canadian students remain among the top 10 performers in the world. Of the 79 countries and economies that participated in PISA 2018, Canada ranked fourth in reading, 10th in mathematics and sixth in science.

On the assessment, Prince Edward Island performed close to the Canadian average which was among the highest in the world:

  • In reading, which was the major domain, PEI scores were statistically similar to all provinces except Alberta and Ontario, which were higher. 
  • In math, PEI scores were statistically similar to all provinces except Quebec, Ontario and Alberta, which were higher. 
  • In science, PEI scores were statistically similar to most provinces except Alberta and Ontario, which were higher. 

“PISA tells us that our education system is working, based on the fact that PEI student performance is similar to other provinces and Canada which is clearly one of the top performing countries in the world. Comparing PEI directly with results from other countries, we find, for example, that in math our students are on par with countries like Finland, Germany, and the United Kingdom.”

- Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Brad Trivers

Like Canada, PEI saw a slight decline in performance since 2015.  However, unlike Canada, PEI scores are up in each domain since 2009 and 2012, whereas Canadian scores were down in all three domains of reading, math and science.

Students are exempted from writing PISA because of physical and intellectual disabilities and limited language proficiency. The number of students exempted from the assessment in PEI dropped by almost half in 2018, down from 14.3 percent in 2015 to 7.7 percent in 2018. 

PISA is conducted every three years. It was administered in Island schools in April and May of 2018 to students born in 2002. A random sample was selected by PISA to participate in the two-hour computer-based test. 

The Canadian report can be found at Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.

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